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Motorola buys home control company 4Home

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NEW YORK, USA: Motorola Mobility, a unit of Motorola Inc has agreed to buy privately held 4Home, a provider of technology that lets consumers control home gadgets such as thermostats or security cameras remotely from their cellphones, the company said on Wednesday.

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Motorola Mobility aims to close the deal, for which it did not disclose the terms, before its January spin off from Motorola Inc.

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It aims to use 4Home's technology as part of its plan to expand its offering of wireless technology for the home to be sold via wireless service providers, a Motorola executive told the Reuters Global Media Summit.

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"Early next year you'll see announcements out around a major operator that's going to make this a core part of their offering around the home," Motorola Mobility President Daniel Moloney told the summit.

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Moloney said 4Home's technology allows remote control in areas such as energy management, home security and media management. California based 4Home has about 35 employees, Motorola said.

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