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The story behind Nest’s gamble on health tech

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One of the mobile health apps Senosis was developing before it was acquired by Google-owned smart device maker Nest. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Last year, Google quietly acquired a digital health startup spun out of the University of Washington — but, more than a year after the deal took place, GeekWire uncovered new information that shows it in a completely different light.

GeekWire reporters discovered that it was actually Nest, the Google-owned smart home device maker, that acquired Senosis Health. The company was developing mobile digital health apps, lending an interesting new angle to Nest’s rumored health ambitions. We share the behind-the-scenes story of how we uncovered the new information, and what it could all mean for consumers, on the latest episode of the GeekWire podcast.

Plus, we discuss Jeff Bezos’ plan to give away $2 billion to tackle homelessness and early childhood education in an initiative called the Day 1 Fund, and talk about what it could mean for the Amazon founder’s own future.

We also share an inside glimpse of the upcoming GeekWire Summit, our biggest event of the year, which takes place Oct. 2 and 3.

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