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Smart home unit Nest returns to Google to roost

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Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice-president (above), says: "By working together, we'll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a home that's safer and friendlier to the environment."

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GOOGLE is taking back Nest, the smart home unit of parent firm Alphabet, as part of an effort by the tech giant to battle rivals like Amazon and its Alexa digital assistant.

Nest Labs, known for its smart home Wi-Fi thermostat, was acquired by Google in 2014 for US$3.

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