CEO of Home Automation Startup Leaves Amazon After Acquisition, Perhaps By Apple?

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Blake Krikorian, CEO of R2 Studios, a home automation startup, has left Amazon's board after being acquired by a rival company, reports the WSJ.

Amazon.com said director Blake Krikorian is resigning from its board after a stint of slightly more than a year, as the entrepreneur sells his current startup and moves on to a new position at the acquiring firm. Seattle-based Amazon disclosed Mr. Krikorian's departure in a regulatory filing on Friday. An Amazon spokesman said Mr. Krikorian opted to resign because he has sold his current firm "and is taking a position at the acquiring company."

Notably, Apple is said to have been in talks to acquire the company along with other big names such as Microsoft and Google. Krikorian founded Slingbox and sold it to EchoStar SATS in 2007. In May 2011 he founded R2 Studios to make advances in home automation; however, the company has been fairly secretive about its plans.

Amazon would not reveal who had acquired his company.

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Lois - December 30, 2012 at 3:24am
if fartface is as "smart" as slingbox then good for amazon to get rid of ass. With regard to 2.5 mm headset jack it is patented by sony so .. get lost crapple
redGohper - December 29, 2012 at 10:46pm
I have a real rumor for ya. Apple is looking into a different size of head phone plug in order to make more thinner iPhone,, and that's all I can tell ya, but if I give you a little hint, old sony's Walkman and one of those old samsungs phone, then you will know what I'm talking about, and my source is telling me that the new headphone plug will be showing in late 14' believe it or not,
JustMakeSense - December 30, 2012 at 6:50pm
Dude, your "source" is an idiot. By making the headset jack smaller, it only reduces the thickness of the phone by centimeters at most... The iPhone is thin enough as it is, they won't be doing anything like that. Also, please note that by saying things like "my source tells me," you make it sound like you know a CEO, when more than likely it's just an apple sales employee - who a lot of people know, and they have NO idea what's coming.
Tim Cook - December 31, 2012 at 2:25am
Actually don't use logic. With aux jacks those connects are most likely through hole parts which takes up a BUNCH of space on a PCB. Making the through hole smaller or even surface mount could change the size of the board significantly. Don't let me even get into the power consumption of it.
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