January in Review – From Richard Sherman to the Polar Vortex

Starting this month, we’ll be taking a look back at the most notable and buzzed about news of the month from the tech industry,pop culture or anything else that caught our attention. Here’s the inaugural list for January. Let us know if you think we missed anything!

1. Google Acquires Nest: The Internet giant made a surprising acquisition, sending a shot of adrenaline into the nascent home automation industry. As my colleague Sara Yin astutely blogged, this move was about Google acquiring the robotics search term as it angles to lead the buzzy “Internet of Things.” It will be interesting to see if Google also innovates Nest’s product line, which has a passionate following among consumers.

2. Seahawks’ Sherman Postgame Snafu: In a playoffs postgame interview with Erin Andrews, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on a tirade about how he is the best corner back in the game and berated an opposing player. The video quickly went viral and the athlete was target for broad public criticism. As the Super Bowl draws near, we’re seeing a backlash to the backlash, with articles underscoring that there is more to Sherman than meets the eye, highlighting his background of growing up in a tough neighborhood of Compton, CA and being strong enough academically to attend Stanford. Whatever your opinion, all eyes and ears will undoubtedly be on Sherman this Sunday night.

3. Polar Vortex! This month, the polar vortex swept through much of the U.S., bringing record low temperatures to many states, and a lot of grumbling from the public. But not everyone is bellyaching. In Canada, locals are claiming “it’s called winter.

4. The End of the Open Internet? The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. struck down the FCC’s “open Internet” rules that required equal treatment of Internet traffic and prohibited service providers from blocking certain traffic or charging special fees to companies that account for most of the traffic. With Netflix accounting for 32 percent of peak Internet traffic in North America, many are arguing that the company should pay for the privilege of streaming its content across the network. The real question is, will consumers be saddled with some of the cost?

5. Woody Allen Trends on Twitter: It wasn’t the red carpet fashion that drove most of the news coming out of the Golden Globe Awards. After Woody Allen received a lifetime achievement award, ex-wife Mia Farrow and son Ronan Farrow took to Twitter to express their displeasure against Allen, who has been accused of abusing his daughter. Ronan’s tweet received over 10,000 retweets.  This is also another reason to revisit Mashable’s roundup of the 10 most epic celebrity Twitter fights!



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