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Google’s Nest Buys Dropcam, a Home-Monitoring Camera Startup

Google’s Nest Buys Dropcam, a Home-Monitoring Camera Startup

Dropcam
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Google’s Nest Labs will buy home-monitoring camera startup Dropcam for about $555 million in cash, technology blog Re/code reported Friday, taking another step deeper into consumers’ homes.

Nest and Dropcam confirmed the acquisition in separate blog posts Friday but did not specify the price tag. Google declined to comment.

Google is increasingly expanding into new markets, with efforts ranging from high-speed Internet access to advanced research on self-driving cars and robotics.

It bought Nest, which makes smart thermostat and smoke alarms, this year for $3.2 billion, the Internet firm’s second-largest acquisition.

The deal was touted as a foray into the fast-growing smart-home automation market, at a time when consumer appliances and Internet services are merging. But it also raised concerns about the privacy implications for Google, which already collects rafts of data about users’ online habits.

Dropcam, which lets people monitor homes and offices via its camera hardware and software, will adopt Nest’s privacy policy after the acquisition, Nest said in its blog post. That means data will not be shared with any other firm, including Google, without a user’s permission, it said.

Dropcam’s backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Accel Partners, and Menlo Ventures.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore; editing by Lisa Shumaker.)