Apple Executive Unfollows the Now Google-Owned Nest
Phil Schiller, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) senior vice president of marketing, recently revealed a surefire way to get erased from his social media network: just start working for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). On Friday, staunch Apple supporter Schiller “unfollowed” the Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) accounts of Nest and company founder Tony Fadell, only days after it had been announced that Nest was being acquired by Google, reports Apple Insider.
Nest is a company that makes innovative connected thermostats and smoke detectors that can be managed wirelessly via an Android or iOS smartphone app. On January 13, Google announced that it had purchased the company for $3.2 billion in cash.
Tony Fadell is a former Apple engineer that helped the company to develop “18 generations of the iPod” before leaving in 2008. In 2010, Fadell co-founded Nest along with Matt Rogers, another Apple alumnus who previously worked on the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. As noted by Apple Insider, Nest has hired many prominent former Apple employees, including iPod software director Bryan James and chief intellectual property officer Richard “Chip” Lutton, Jr.