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The web-based integration service If This Then That, which is trying to tie your physical connected devices to your digital services (and everything to each other), now supports the Nest thermostat. Or rather the Nest thermostat, which is the subject of a new open developer program, now supports IFTTT. So now readers could geo-fence their Nest to their phones, change their temps based on incoming emails (your ex sends an email the temp drops 30 degrees!) or whatever other recipes you’d like. Yes, all this will likely be available via the Nest developer program, but IFTTT is a way to bring in devices that may not yet be supported.

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As part of the fanfare around the launch GE-backed Quirky launching Wink as a separate company dedicated to the connected home, GE is opening up pre-orders for a connected light bulb that will work with the Wink app and only costs $14.97. For a connected, white-light LED that is a crazy low price tag. The upcoming Belkin, LG and Philips Hue light bulbs that will be white-light only are between $30 and $40 per bulb and the colorful connected bulbs are in the $60 to $100 range. TCP has connected white bulbs that are between $27-$33 per bulb, and are on the market today. The GE lights will be in Home Depot stores in the fall, so I can’t wait to see how they work.

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Oracle said it will pay $68 per share for Micros Systems, a company that makes cash register software for the retail and hospitality industry. The deal is valued at about $5.3 billion, or at $4.6 billion when taking into account Micros’s cash. The deal gets Oracle deeper into the retail market where its rival SAP is fairly strong, and is the biggest acquisition for Oracle since buying Sun Microsystems in 2010 for $7.4 billion. The Micro deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.

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Texas Instruments has created a family of chips that lets you connect your devices to the internet without much ado. The TI SimpleLink chips connect directly to the existing ecosystem of cloud partners that TI has signed up, making it easy to prototype a product and get it running along with an app. One version comes with a programmable ARM-based microcontroller while the other offers Wi-Fi only. It reminds me of what Electric Imp is doing with its Wi-Fi modules, and may signal trouble for the startup, whose chips are inside popular products like Lockitron locks and the Rachio connected sprinklers.

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Ringly, a startup that graduated from the PCH incubator, launched its initial line of Bluetooth-connected jewelry — four rings that extend your smartphone’s notifications to your hand. The rings, which will sell for $195 at retail ($145 during the pre-order period) tie into an app that lets you set notification settings for different people and apps. So your ring could vibrate when your mom texts or flash red when you get a direct message on Twitter. Supported apps include ​Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Poshmark, Tinder and Uber. The rings will ship in the fall.

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