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Google's evolving hardware portfolio could change once again with the acquisition of a wearable technology company, as the search giant is said to be contemplating potential purchases, according to a new report.

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Google's interest in potentially acquiring wearable technology companies was revealed this week by the Information, which cited three unnamed sources apparently familiar with the company's plans. No specific acquisition targets were identified, but Google Chief Executive Larry Page is said to be "serious about making a move."

The news comes after Google announced a major shakeup in its hardware divisions. The Mountain View, Calif., company purchased Nest Labs, maker of a smart home thermostat, for $3.2 billion, while it also sold off its Motorola Mobility hardware division to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

The new report also reaffirmed existing rumors that Apple is working on a wrist-worn smart watch that would track user information such as fitness and sleep patterns.

Moves apparently being plotted by both Google and Apple are yet another sign that competition is about to grow in the emerging wearable computing market. To date, perhaps the most successful wearable product has not come from a major tech company, but instead from startup Pebble, which is set to launch its own smart watch appstore.

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Of course, Google wouldn't be entirely new to the wearable market, as the company has offered developers test versions of its Glass headset for some time. The company plans to make Google Glass a product available to the public at some point in the future.

Until then, Google has been hyping Glass with an "Experience Tour" making stops around the U.S. The tour gives enthusiasts the ability to test out Glass for themselves, even if they are not a member of Google's developer community.

This month Google also revealed a new smart contact lens that could track glucose levels for diabetics. The wearable contact lens would obtain glucose levels from a user's tears, making it easy to track potential health concerns without the need for invasive testing.
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Saw my first pair of Google Glass in the wild at Sundance this year.

How freaking dumb do you look wearing those things?!!

A lot.

/No clothes the emperor has.

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And Motorola had no expertise in this area? Buying Moto was a bad idea for the price in the first place. Selling it for the price they received was an worse idea.
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And Motorola had no expertise in this area? Buying Moto was a bad idea for the price in the first place. Selling it for the price they received was an worse idea.

 

The only reason Google bought Motorola Mobility was for their patents. Once they figured out their patents were useless and they couldn't protect them, Motorola became useless to them so I'd say the only option was to sell it, even if it was for a loss. 

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And Motorola had no expertise in this area?

Yes they may have some projects in that area. Google is keeping that part too, the Motorola Advanced Technology group. It's not going to Lenovo.
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Yes they may have. Google is keeping that part too, the Motorola Advanced Technology group. It's not going to Lenovo.


Hopefully the A.T.G. has project Ara the modular phone system.  There was promise there.

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Last thing we need is Google getting its hands on our medical info.
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Next up? Withings.
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Last thing we need is Google getting its hands on our medical info.

...because? Your medical information is already being shared between insurance companies, financial companies, credit bureaus, health providers, marketing firms and such. Google on the other hand doesn't share very well. 1wink.gif They kinda like to keep it to themselves.

From Blue Cross privacy policy for instance:

"What Information We Collect and From Whom We Collect It:

We collect personal information about you that includes your name, address, Social Security number, health, and financial information. This information is obtained from the forms you fill out, from telephone or person-to-person interviews with you, and from your agent. We also obtain your personal information through claims documents, payment history and other records available to us to determine which products and services are appropriate for you. We may also receive personal information about you from our affiliates and other companies.

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We might as well get ready for embedded tracking devices like you see in the movies. Just inject them into our bodies and Google will know where everyone is and what they're doing. Wait, Google already knows all of this and they give the NSA and all its advertisers all that information!

 

I don't wear a watch anymore, no glasses except for driving, and no adornments (tats, piercings, earrings, etc.). I'm the minority so wearable technology will come and people will continue to wear anything they can to make them stand out. Of course, I can't wait for the anti-wearable technology to come out that jams every device around me so people (and government types) don't get to invade my personal privacy by documenting my every move.

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What is the point of this article exactly?

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It should be obvious to anyone following the money (definitely not the Android crowd) that Google is moving on from Android and the phone space as it's prized baby of sorts into robotics, home automation and wearables. They've peddled their drug to get their ads and services out there, grabbed up a ton of share and now on to the next thing. Like most things not search related, it'll end up stale or forgotten or ultimately nixed or merged with something else in the next few years. 

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<...> I can't wait for the anti-wearable technology to come out <...>.

 

 

Great : you have invented a new business ! (I'm serious)

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...because? Your medical information is already being shared between insurance companies, financial companies, credit bureaus, health providers, marketing firms and such. Google on the other hand doesn't share very well. 1wink.gif They kinda like to keep it to themselves.

From Blue Cross privacy policy for instance:

"What Information We Collect and From Whom We Collect It:

We collect personal information about you that includes your name, address, Social Security number, health, and financial information. This information is obtained from the forms you fill out, from telephone or person-to-person interviews with you, and from your agent. We also obtain your personal information through claims documents, payment history and other records available to us to determine which products and services are appropriate for you. We may also receive personal information about you from our affiliates and other companies.

What Information We Share and To Whom We Share It:

We may share your information, even after you are no longer our customer, with our affiliates as well as companies we do business with. We only share your information that we are allowed to by law. For example, we may share your information with persons, such as your agent, or companies who perform marketing or other services for us related to the products and services we provide you. We may also share your information with other financial institutions with which we have joint marketing agreements to provide our products and services.

They don't share my medical records. Unfortunately it's a given that our names and addresses are shared.
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...because? Your medical information is already being shared between insurance companies, financial companies, credit bureaus, health providers, marketing firms and such. Google on the other hand doesn't share very well. 1wink.gif They kinda like to keep it to themselves.

From Blue Cross privacy policy for instance:

"What Information We Collect and From Whom We Collect It:

We collect personal information about you that includes your name, address, Social Security number, health, and financial information. This information is obtained from the forms you fill out, from telephone or person-to-person interviews with you, and from your agent. We also obtain your personal information through claims documents, payment history and other records available to us to determine which products and services are appropriate for you. We may also receive personal information about you from our affiliates and other companies.

What Information We Share and To Whom We Share It:

We may share your information, even after you are no longer our customer, with our affiliates as well as companies we do business with. We only share your information that we are allowed to by law. For example, we may share your information with persons, such as your agent, or companies who perform marketing or other services for us related to the products and services we provide you. We may also share your information with other financial institutions with which we have joint marketing agreements to provide our products and services.

Google do share info with partners, like financial companies, logistics companies, vendors, ...

They also use your data recklessly by allowing random folks to see my son's protected videos on google +, allowing people to email me without my address, showing my photo for advertising purposes by default, and ignoring do-not-track user policies. ... to point out a few.
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Wearable technology, eh? Imagine their getting into genital stimulators and somebody hacks them. Wednesday no longer will be the only Hump Day.

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What an ignominious end to the company that invented the mobile phone.

 

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They don't share my medical records. Unfortunately it's a given that our names and addresses are shared.

And neither will Google...
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Great : you have invented a new business ! (I'm serious)

I think so too. Perhaps Apple should make anti-tracking solutions. Everyone may want one once every little thing starts analyzing us. XD
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The only reason Google bought Motorola Mobility was for their patents. Once they figured out their patents were useless and they couldn't protect them, Motorola became useless to them so I'd say the only option was to sell it, even if it was for a loss. 

 

Google's sale of Motorola did not include the Motorola Patents valued at $6 billion. Those stayed with Google. Overall, Google's acquisition of Motorola was a small loss. I'm positive Google is very happy with their decision to buy them. Glad to see you don't know anything about this.

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To turn the focus back on to Apple, I read a great article in The Street this morning, on things Apple should do in the future.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/finance/external/tsmfe/SIG=13ne5q9ce/*http://www.thestreet.com/story/12287155/1/6-things-apple-needs-to-learn-from-facebook-amazon-google-tesla-disney.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

The first two I'm in total agreement with. Apple should cease providing forward guidance (companies like Facebook and Google don't) and should cease providing sales figures (none of their peers do). This quarter was the best ever for Apple in terms of revenues and earnings and yet the stock dropped 10% because Wall Street didn't like iPhone sales figures and didn't like Q2 guidance. Stop giving Wall Street so much information and stop getting into the weeds on conference calls.

Another one I'm in agreement with - if Apple is going to have these long gaps between product launches then they may need to throw people a bone as far as some of the stuff they're working on. Steve was given the benefit of the doubt and even if he didn't disclose what Apple was working on everyone just assumed Apple was up to something great. Unfortunately Tim & Co. dont get that benefit of the doubt. Wall Street & others assume no news means Apple is out of ideas besides incremental improvements to existing products. So Tim might need to start being a bit more open to give people confidence that there is some cool shit in the pipeline.

And finally Apple really needs to up its game in software and services. Make this stuff best in class with frequent updates and improvements. We're starting to see some of that but a lot more can be done here, IMO.

Overall one of the better "Apple needs to..." articles I've read in a while. Not hyperbolic, not Apple is DOOMED, but a sober piece with some good advice from someone who is long on AAPL.
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Saw my first pair of Google Glass in the wild at Sundance this year.

How freaking dumb do you look wearing those things?!!

A lot.

/No clothes the emperor has.

I spent a couple of hours with GG yesterday. It's the dumbest, clunkiest, most inconveniently designed product ever. A solution in search of a problem.

 

I am willing to bet that Samsung will sell more smart watches than Google its Glass....

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Google's sale of Motorola did not include the Motorola Patents valued at $6 billion. Those stayed with Google. Overall, Google's acquisition of Motorola was a small loss. I'm positive Google is very happy with their decision to buy them. Glad to see you don't know anything about this.
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Google's sale of Motorola did not include the Motorola Patents valued at $6 billion. Those stayed with Google. Overall, Google's acquisition of Motorola was a small loss. I'm positive Google is very happy with their decision to buy them. Glad to see you don't know anything about this.

(Aside from the fact that most of those patents don't have a lot of worth) cite, please?

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I find it interesting that selling a mobile phone company and buying a thermostat company is evidence that Google is moving into "wearables."  Personally, I'm more likely to wear something like a smart phone than a thermostat.

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To turn the focus back on to Apple, I read a great article in The Street this morning, on things Apple should do in the future.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/finance/external/tsmfe/SIG=13ne5q9ce/*http://www.thestreet.com/story/12287155/1/6-things-apple-needs-to-learn-from-facebook-amazon-google-tesla-disney.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

The first two I'm in total agreement with. Apple should cease providing forward guidance (companies like Facebook and Google don't) and should cease providing sales figures (none of their peers do). This quarter was the best ever for Apple in terms of revenues and earnings and yet the stock dropped 10% because Wall Street didn't like iPhone sales figures and didn't like Q2 guidance. Stop giving Wall Street so much information and stop getting into the weeds on conference calls.
...

Overall one of the better "Apple needs to..." articles I've read in a while. Not hyperbolic, not Apple is DOOMED, but a sober piece with some good advice from someone who is long on AAPL.

 

Interesting piece.  Thanks for sharing.  Unfortunately if Apple announced that they were changing the way they break out their number or provide forward guidance, I expect the market would freak out and assume it was an effort to hide bad news.  So they would have to also change their policy on discussing future products (as suggested in the article).  That would be a very radical change for Apple.

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And neither will Google...

They might not share it but they will use it to their advantage. Don't be surprised if you are targeted with ads conveniently addressing your medical records.
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To turn the focus back on to Apple, I read a great article in The Street this morning, on things Apple should do in the future.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/finance/external/tsmfe/SIG=13ne5q9ce/*http://www.thestreet.com/story/12287155/1/6-things-apple-needs-to-learn-from-facebook-amazon-google-tesla-disney.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

The first two I'm in total agreement with. Apple should cease providing forward guidance (companies like Facebook and Google don't) and should cease providing sales figures (none of their peers do). This quarter was the best ever for Apple in terms of revenues and earnings and yet the stock dropped 10% because Wall Street didn't like iPhone sales figures and didn't like Q2 guidance. Stop giving Wall Street so much information and stop getting into the weeds on conference calls.

Another one I'm in agreement with - if Apple is going to have these long gaps between product launches then they may need to throw people a bone as far as some of the stuff they're working on. Steve was given the benefit of the doubt and even if he didn't disclose what Apple was working on everyone just assumed Apple was up to something great. Unfortunately Tim & Co. dont get that benefit of the doubt. Wall Street & others assume no news means Apple is out of ideas besides incremental improvements to existing products. So Tim might need to start being a bit more open to give people confidence that there is some cool shit in the pipeline.

And finally Apple really needs to up its game in software and services. Make this stuff best in class with frequent updates and improvements. We're starting to see some of that but a lot more can be done here, IMO.

Overall one of the better "Apple needs to..." articles I've read in a while. Not hyperbolic, not Apple is DOOMED, but a sober piece with some good advice from someone who is long on AAPL.

Sorry, the Street is just looking for page views.
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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post
What is the point of this article exactly?

 

Google’s wasting more of their money. Can’t be a bad thing.

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I spent a couple of hours with GG yesterday. It's the dumbest, clunkiest, most inconveniently designed product ever. A solution in search of a problem.

I am willing to bet that Samsung will sell more smart watches than Google its Glass....

Hey that's not a nice thing to say about Gatorguy. lol.gif
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Sorry, the Street is just looking for page views.

Speaking of streets, Amazon is way down today.
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Sorry, the Street is just looking for page views.
I don't agree. Many of Apple's peers do not provide forward guidance. Why should Apple? Most, if not all of their competitors rarely provide sales figures. Why should Apple? If Apple didn't provide sales figures we probably wouldn't be having this stupid discussion about the 5C and how well it did/didn't sell. No one in the tech press really cares about the 5C yet they can't stop talking about it because it's a perceived failure and they want to crow about it.
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Speaking of streets, Amazon is way down today.
finally. Though it should probably be down a lot more than that considering it was up 4% yesterday.
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I don't agree. Many of Apple's peers do not provide forward guidance. Why should Apple? Most, if not all of their competitors rarely provide sales figures. Why should Apple? If Apple didn't provide sales figures we probably wouldn't be having this stupid discussion about the 5C and how well it did/didn't sell. No one in the tech press really cares about the 5C yet they can't stop talking about it because it's a perceived failure and they want to crow about it.

WS always provides their own guess...er...guidance regardless if Apple does. WS really doesn't care what Apple says.
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finally. Though it should probably be down a lot more than that considering it was up 4% yesterday.

That's what happens when you actually post a profit. lol.gif
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Google's sale of Motorola did not include the Motorola Patents valued at $6 billion. Those stayed with Google. Overall, Google's acquisition of Motorola was a small loss. I'm positive Google is very happy with their decision to buy them. Glad to see you don't know anything about this.

 

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(Aside from the fact that most of those patents don't have a lot of worth) cite, please?

 Of course. It's listed in Google's SEC filing. Note 8. $5.5 billion to be more precise.

 

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1288776/000119312512312575/d357361d10q.htm

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Interesting piece.  Thanks for sharing.  Unfortunately if Apple announced that they were changing the way they break out their number or provide forward guidance, I expect the market would freak out and assume it was an effort to hide bad news.  So they would have to also change their policy on discussing future products (as suggested in the article).  That would be a very radical change for Apple.
Sure Wall Street would freak out initially but they'd get over it. If sales and forward guidance aren't require by the SEC Apple should stop providing it. And it wouldn't be the end of the world if Apple was a bit more open on certain things it's working on. Doesn't have to be 'hey, we're working on a watch' but it could be similar to Cook announcing Mac production in the USA. Cook needs to change the perception that Apple can't innovate its way out of a paper bag without Steve around. And since they've now got long spells with no product announcements they may need to spill a little in order to change the perception. In Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve there's a passage where Steve and Jony are together right after Steve got back from having his liver transplant. Jony complained to Steve that the perception out there was everything came from Steve, everything is Steve's idea and Apple will be screwed once Steve is gone. He complained that it wasn't good for Apple for this perception to be out there. Unfortunately that perception still exists and Cook hasn't done a good job of changing it.
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Just got a email from a friend on the west coast who's deep into the tech sector.  He told me that Apple's next new product line won't be an add on to the iPhone.  He explained it won't be like the Galaxy Gear that works with the iPhone.  He said the new product will actually REPLACE the iPhone.  Wow.  Hope this is true.  He's been pretty on top of it in the past.

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