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Nest to Shut Down Revolv Home Automation Hubs

Arlo Gilbert:

On May 15th a critical Nest product will go dark. I’m shocked this isn’t bigger news.

I don’t mean that the Nest product will reach end-of-life for support and updates. No, I mean that on May 15th they will actually turn off the device and disable your ability to use the hardware that you paid for.

Rob Price (via John Gruber, Hacker News):

But the case raises broader questions about the extent of ownership in the digital age and whether this could set a precedent for other devices going forwards.

Kit Walsh:

Nest Labs and Google are both subsidiaries of Alphabet, Inc., and bricking the Hub sets a terrible precedent for a company with ambitions to sell self-driving cars, medical devices, and other high-end gadgets that may be essential to a person’s livelihood or physical safety.

See also: Nick Heer.

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