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What Google’s Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

What Google’s Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

When Fitbit launched its first product in 2009, the activity tracker didn’t even share data to a smartphone app. Instead, it wirelessly connected to a base station that had to be tethered to your computer. The clip-on itself displayed some information, but Fitbit’s website was where you’d find visualizations of your personal activity data. It…

Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google LLC for $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion. “More than 12 years ago, we set an audacious company vision – to…
Fitbit and Garmin accused of patent infringement – PhoneArena

Fitbit and Garmin accused of patent infringement – PhoneArena

At the end of last week, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to undergo an investigation of several companies including fitness tracking and smartwatch manufacturers Fitbit and Garmin. The investigation follows a complaint against those firms and three others made to the USITC on December 10th by the North American and Dutch units…
U.S. to probe Fitbit, Garmin, other wearable devices after Philips complains – Reuters

U.S. to probe Fitbit, Garmin, other wearable devices after Philips complains – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: The ticker symbol for Fitbit is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. trade regulators said on Friday they will investigate wearable monitoring devices, including those made by Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) and Garmin Ltd…
Fitbit cofounders James Park and Eric Friedman are coming to Disrupt SF

Fitbit cofounders James Park and Eric Friedman are coming to Disrupt SF

Ten years ago, a hardware startup launched a fitness device on stage at TechCrunch 50. The $99 gadget combined a pedometer with a diet monitoring system, designed to help wearers meet their fitness goals. Of course, a lot has changed for Fitbit in the intervening decade. The company has since become synonymous with fitness trackers…
Existing Fitbit trackers get blood oxygen monitoring, may soon detect sleep apnea – Android Police

Existing Fitbit trackers get blood oxygen monitoring, may soon detect sleep apnea – Android...

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch was the brand's first product to feature an SpO2 sensor, which is used in estimating blood oxygen levels. Several other Fitbit products, namely the Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Charge 3, came with a similar sensor, but it had stayed dormant until December. After being tested with a few users, the…
What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit – Gizmodo

What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit – Gizmodo

Since Google bought Fitbit, people seem to have fallen into one of two categories: Those who don’t care at all about the privacy implications, and those very much do. For the latter, it means this holiday season is a good chance to jump on sales and buy a replacement smartwatch or tracker. But which one?While…
Fitbit Versa 2 Review: Still Not An Apple Watch – WIRED

Fitbit Versa 2 Review: Still Not An Apple Watch – WIRED

We’re only just beginning to discover how sleep can make us happier and healthier. So it makes sense that, in its newest wearable, Fitbit places so much emphasis on its sleep tracking technology. It's an especially shrewd move, since the newest Apple Watch still has no sleep tech baked in.This standout sleep-tracking feature was something…
Meet TezLab, the Fitbit for Tesla vehicles

Meet TezLab, the Fitbit for Tesla vehicles

Some of the best real-time insights into Tesla and its global fleet of electric vehicles — outside the confines of its Silicon Valley headquarters — might be through the lens of TezLab, a tiny upstart in Brooklyn. Now, a little more than two years after its founding, TezLab is on the verge of hitting what…
Fitbit releases blood oxygen monitoring before Apple Watch – 9to5Mac

Fitbit releases blood oxygen monitoring before Apple Watch – 9to5Mac

Fitbit is rolling out the ability for some of its smartwatches and fitness trackers to track blood oxygen levels (Sp02) with a software update. While Fitbit has been struggling for some time and was recently purchased by Google, this is a notable upgrade for existing customers and comes ahead of Apple Watch gaining the feature.…

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YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

Welcome to the umpteenth #YouTubeIsOverParty. Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a "Mexican" "lispy queer," it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment. Not even after Maza called it to their attention. Not even after YouTube admitted the…

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