“I kept getting fliers in the mail saying that I had the technology, so I just called Comcast,” he said. The service was not cheap. Bird said he spent about $700 setting up Comcast’s Xfinity home product at his beach house for cameras and sensors, as well as other features that allow him to control the thermostat and lights when he is away. Bird pays about $49 a month for the security service as part of a $209 bill that includes cable TV, phone and Internet. Using his smartphone, he is now able to check the four cameras on the premises and is emailed photos of whoever enters the house. TAKING ON THE INCUMBENTS Comcast, the largest U.S. cable operator with 22 million video subscribers, entered the security market in 2010 and has not revealed subscriber numbers.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/10/cable-homesecurity-idUSL1N0I01A820131010
Facebook’s Zuckerberg Buys Up Four Properties Near His Home
According to property records, Zuckerberg purchased three homes behind him, and the one next door. These are no small potatoes: The median home value in Palo Alto is $1,788,100, up 21.1 percent year-over-year. And, there arent many homes in that area. At this writing, only 74 homes are on the market in Palo Alto. In Zuckerbergs neighborhood of Crescent Park, the median home value is even higher, $3,062,600, up 23.7 percent year-over-year. However, Zuckerberg spent far over the value of many of his neighbors residences in order to win the deals that would put him in control.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/zillow/2013/10/11/facebooks-zuckerberg-buys-up-four-properties-near-his-home/