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LeWeb: former employees Tony Fadell and Pascal Cagni talk Apple

LeWeb conference is underway in Paris and former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Pascal Cagni shared interesting tidbits concerning their former employer. The iPod Godfather Tony Fadell last week painted Apple’s ousted iOS boss Scott Forstall in unfavorable light, telling BBC that Forstall “got what he deserved”.

Nedless to say, Fadell, the 43-year-old computer science engineer of Lebanese origin, spent quite a portion of air time at LeWeb promoting his Nest gadget. The whiz engineer also talked about his pre-Apple career and briefly touched on the subjects of Apple, his business relationship with Steve Jobs, what he learned from Apple’s late co-founder and more.

Fadell has big plans for his Nest thermostat, including making the device available across five hundred retail stores. One more video featuring Pascal Cagni is right after the break…

Tony Fadell: Scott Forstall ‘got what he deserved’

Ever since Apple announced Scott Forstall is going to be leaving the company next year, people have been trying to piece together what happened. How could this guy, who has been a major factor in Apple’s success, be pushed out like that?

We’ve heard a number of reasons for Forstall’s ousting over the past few weeks, ranging from the iOS 6 Maps debacle, to personality conflicts. And today, former Apple executive Tony Fadell offers up a little more insight on the situation…

Nest launches sleeker thermostat, CEO says he’d never compete with Apple

We covered the sexy Nest Learning Thermostat before , with Jeff saying calling it “the thermostat that Cupertino would have created if they were into that sort of thing”. Today, the company took the wraps off a new version of the Nest thermostat which has been re-engineered for smaller footprint and now looks even more futuristic. Also, company founder Tony Fadell, a former Apple engineer who worked on the iPhone and iPod projects, explains why he doesn’t plan on competing with Apple, despite hiring former Apple engineers on his 130-people team…