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Nick DeLena adjusts his thermostat from Nest Labs in his home. Photo: Ann Hermes / The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

After treating Nest as an independent unit, Google is now making it a part of its internal hardware effort, according to CNET,

"All of Google's investments in machine learning and AI, they can very clearly benefit Nest products. It just makes sense to be developing them together."
— Google hardware chief, Rick Osterloh

Why it matters, per Axios' Ina Fried: Google had wanted to keep Nest separate from Google but the pros of unification have seemed to outweigh the cons for a while. Increasingly Google's own hardware efforts are more similar to Nest.

  • Google is battling "Amazon, and now Apple, in the rapidly expanding smart home market," per CNET.
  • Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz will be reporting to Osterloh.
  • CNET reports the two companies will being co-developing products "in the next two years."
  • Osterloh told CNET they want to "work with Amazon in an open, transparent, symmetrical way."

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Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against American workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The settlement represents the largest civil penalty and monetary award that the Civil Rights Division has recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.

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Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

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A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.

Report: U.S. Latinos near 50% homeownership rate

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Latinos increased their homeownership rate to nearly 50% in 2020, according to a report from a group monitoring U.S. Hispanic wealth creation.

Why it matters: The Hispanic Wealth Project found that the homeownership rate grew despite the lack of diversified financial assets among Latinos and around 15% who still live below the federal poverty line ($26,500 for a family of four).