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Sales of Nest smoke detector resume at lower price

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  • The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

      The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning.

The new price for the detector, called "Nest Protect," will be $99 when sales resume late Monday following a two-month moratorium. That's a 23 percent discount from the alarm's original price of $129 when Nest released it last fall.

Nest designed the device so an alarm warning of smoke could be turned off with a wave of the hand after a user determined there was no danger. But other kinds of hand gestures also could turn off the alarm, raising the specter that the device might remain silent when a fire broke out.

The defect prompted Nest to halt sales of the detector in early April.

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