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No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU Human rights NGO, Amnesty International, has written to the EU’s competition regulator calling for Google’s acquisition of wearable maker Fitbit to be blocked — unless meaningful safeguards can be baked in. The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1BN to […]

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EU’s Google-Fitbit antitrust decision deadline pushed into 2021

EU’s Google-Fitbit antitrust decision deadline pushed into 2021 The deadline for Europe to make a call on the Google -Fitbit merger has been pushed out again — with EU regulators now having until January 8, 2021, to take a decision. The latest change to the provisional deadline, spotted earlier by Reuters, could […]

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Future raises $24M Series B for its $150/mo workout coaching app amid at-home fitness boom

Future raises M Series B for its 0/mo workout coaching app amid at-home fitness boom With thousands of gyms across the country forced to close down during the pandemic, there’s been an unprecedented opportunity for fitness companies pitching an at-home solution. This moment has propelled public companies like Peloton to stratospheric highs […]

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Fitbit Sense review

Fitbit Sense review The Versa helped Fitbit reverse its fortunes after a long, gradual slide. The company was slow to embrace the smartwatch, and stumbled somewhat out of the gate with the Ionic. But the Versa found a perfect sweet spot that build atop generations of wearable health knowhow, key acquisitions like […]

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Low-cost fitness bands see a resurgence in interest amid the pandemic

Low-cost fitness bands see a resurgence in interest amid the pandemic While wearable fitness devices saw an uptick in shipments in North America for Q2, the overall dollar amount of the market remained steady, according to new numbers out of Canalys. The discrepancy can be chalked up to a decline in the […]

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Elon Musk demonstrates Neuralink’s tech live using pigs with surgically-implanted brain monitoring devices

Elon Musk demonstrates Neuralink’s tech live using pigs with surgically-implanted brain monitoring devices Elon Musk -founded Neuralink has made headlines over the past many years around it efforts to develop a new kind of interface between the human brain and computing devices. On Friday, the company provided a demo of the technology, […]

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Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement

Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive […]

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Google’s Fitbit deal could avoid EU antitrust probe by agreeing not to use health data for ads

Google’s Fitbit deal could avoid EU antitrust probe by agreeing not to use health data for ads Google announced its plans to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion back in November. As of this writing, the deal has yet to go through, courtesy of all the usual regulatory scrutiny that occurs any time […]

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Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator

Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator Fitbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Fitbit Flow emergency ventilator. The ventilator hardware is low-cost, and doesn’t require very much training or expertise to use, making it a good solution for […]

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Fitbit launches a COVID-19 early detection study, and you can join from the Fitbit app

Fitbit launches a COVID-19 early detection study, and you can join from the Fitbit app Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearable devices are already being used by a number of academic institutions to determine if they might be able to contribute to the early detection of COVID-19 and the flu, and now Fitbit itself is […]

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