Fitbit Sense review: a good smartwatch that fails on sustainability | Smartwatches

Fitbit is attempting to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch with the Sense: a smartwatch packed with advanced health sensors for stress, heart rate and ECG wrapped up in a neat and tidy package. But be careful, because if you damage the watch, it appears you can’t even pay Continue Reading

Google faces $400m fine over Fitbit takeover if it doesn’t wait for competition watchdog’s approval | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Google faces a fine of up to $400m if it takes over Fitbit before the Australian competition regulator completes an investigation into the transaction. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Tuesday rejected an offer from Google to enter into a court-enforceable undertaking limiting the way it would use Continue Reading

EU regulators seek feedback on Google’s Fitbit data pledge – Hardware- Tempemail

EU antitrust enforcers are asking interested parties whether Google’s pledge not to use fitness tracker maker Fitbit’s health data for its advertising, and to separate the dataset from its own, might ease concerns over their tie up. Alphabet’s Google made the pledge to the European Commission late on Monday to Continue Reading

Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge – Security – Finance- Tempemail

Google may be able to stave off a full-scale EU antitrust investigation into its planned US$2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit by pledging not to use Fitbit’s health data for its ads, people familiar with the matter said. The deal announced in November last year allows Google, a Continue Reading

EU regulators probe Google’s proposed Fitbit acquisition – Hardware- Tempemail

EU regulators are checking whether Google’s purchase of Fitbit might allow it to drive rival makers of wearable devices, app developers and other online service providers out of the market, and boost its dominance in online advertising and search. Healthcare providers are also being asked whether they would see Google Continue Reading

ACCC to probe Google’s proposed $3bn Fitbit acquisition – Hardware- Tempemail

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating Google’s proposed acquisition of wearable fitness device manufacturer Fitbit over concerns it could adversely affect the digital advertising and health markets. Fitbit announced the deal in November last year to be acquired by Google for US$2.1 billion (A$3.05 billion), which has Continue Reading

Fitbit starts study to test if devices can detect irregular heart rhythms – Benchmarking Change- Tempemail

Fitbit Inc on Wednesday launched a virtual study to test if its wearable devices can detect irregular heart rhythms or atrial fibrillation. The hardware to detect irregular beats is present in FitBit’s devices, but is not available to consumers. Device users who enroll in the study will be allowed to Continue Reading

EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal – Finance- Tempemail

Google’s US$2.1 billion (A$3.2 billion) bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit could pose privacy risks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, adding its voice to other critics of the deal. Google announced the deal in November last year, as it seeks to compete with Apple and Samsung Continue Reading

US regulators are investigating claims that Fitbit and Garmin violated Philips’ wearable device patents

In context: Patent disputes are the norm in the tech industry. It feels like one company is always accusing another of swiping their legally-protected ideas, and it’s never clear who will come out on top. For better or worse, we’re seeing this trend present itself once again: federal investigators are Continue Reading

The DOJ is reportedly investigating Google’s acquisition of Fitbit

In context: Google’s acquisition of Fitbit is being probed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over privacy fears. Both the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had sought authority to investigate the deal, but the former agency was put in charge of the review because it is already examining Continue Reading