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Google Buys Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

Home Thermostat as  . . . Trojan Horse*(?!?) While 2x-3x the cost of a standard thermostat, the Nest thermostat promises to let homeowners quickly re-coup that investment through lower energy bills. In turn, it supposedly accomplishes that by incorporating a more intuitive, user-friendly display and interface (see photo below); smart software that learns the household’s schedule;...
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Political — and Real Estate — Incumbents

Politics isn’t the only field that has incumbents and challengers. Real estate does, too. The “incumbent Realtor” is the Realtor who helped the now-selling homeowner buy the home, however many years back; the challengers are all the other Realtors vying for the listing. Average Realtor “Career”:  < 2 Years I’d guesstimate that something like one-third of...
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