Google Buys Lebanese-American Tony Fadell’s Nest Labs For $3.2 Billion

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Most of you have heard of Google’s latest acquisition, but not all of you may know that a Lebanese-American is behind Nest Labs. His name is Tony Fadell and he’s mostly known for being the iPod ‘Godfather’ back when Apple decided to launch the famous music player.

Fadell is a brilliant Lebanese-American entrepreneur, inventor and designer. He was acknowledged in 2013 as one of Business Insider’s Top 75 Designers in Technology, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and CNBC’s Top 50 Disruptors.

Read more about him [Here] and on why he decided to join Google [Here].

Google has expanded its presence in consumer homes by buying Nest Labs, a connected device company which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2bn. The internet search giant announced an agreement to acquire Nest on Monday, signalling a deeper push into a new market of app-controlled household devices.

“They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!” Google’s stock increased 0.53% after the announcement. [TheGuardian]

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R.I.P Amalia Abi Saleh

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Lebanese Comedian Amalia Abi Saleh passed away earlier this morning. For those of you who are not familiar with Amalia, she took part in popular shows like Captain Bob and “Al Mou3allima Wal Oustaz”. Amalia had an accident almost a year ago and could no longer walk. She was denied medical attention at first because she had governmental Health Ministry Insurance, which prompted a donation campaign to help her out.

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BlogBaladi Undergoing Maintenance

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We will be switching servers and doing some changes in the next couple of days, so if you notice any weird things it’s probably cause of that. Hopefully we won’t be facing any major issues and things will run smooth

Update: Maintenance complete.

May Hariri Interview with Pakistan TV

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I saw this interview a year ago but for some reason, everyone’s been sharing it in the past couple days. Her English is hilarious lol!

The video is getting so many unlikes that Raza Khan the interview wrote a comment explaining the purpose of her visit and trying to defend her horrible English accent.

I want to thank everybody who have taken the time to watch this video and then passed comments on it afterwards. All of you are entitled to your opinion and the will to express it. I would just like to state that when May Hariri visited Pakistan in Nov 2005, a massive earthquake in north-eastern Pakistan had already resulted in 80,000 plus casualties and colossal damage to homes & property. So her visit was more of a goodwill gesture on the part of Lebanese Government to express solidarity with the people of Pakistan. I was mainly a news & current affairs host/reporter at that time for Pakistan Television (PTV) the State Television of Pakistan which has been in operation since Nov 1964. On a very short notice I was called for the interview by the Program Manager of PTV Lahore Centre. I could not do any research on the guest and got into the interview with a short pre-program discussion. I accept my lack of knowledge about Lebanese music and singers. Some comments have come about the lack of English Language fluency by May Hariri but I must share with people that her demeanor & attitude was very courteous towards me, producer and the technical staff consisting of cameramen, light-men, audio engineers etc. She did not behave in a haughty or arrogant manner which is a hall mark of most celebrities even several Pakistani ones. Overall she left a good impression upon us. I may have introduced her as one of the most popular singers in Middle East but the reason for that may not be based on factual dynamics of fame in the middle east but more so with the desire on my part to make her feel nice about her gesture of coming to Pakistan. So a bit of exaggeration with a larger perspective of goodwill & image-building can be justified. Furthermore I must say that in future as well if any showbiz personality from Lebanon like Diana Haddad, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Nawal Al Zoghbi or others would visit Pakistan. They would get a similar welcoming response, protocol & hospitality as was extended to May Hariri. I hope that in future more such people to people contacts & exchange of visits take place between Pakistan & Lebanon so that relations can be strengthened.
Best regards,
RAZA KHAN