February 23, 2021
Fitbit has tapped alternative medicine advocate Dr. Deepak Chopra to headline a collection of wellness content for Fitbit Premium members.
Called "Deepak Chopra's Mindful Method for Fitbit," the offering launches with 10 sessions focused on topics such as mindfulness, breathing, stress management and sleep, with additional sessions coming every couple of weeks up to the beginning of June, Fitbit...
February 19, 2021
Wellness and fitness coaching app, actio has extended its seed round to €10 million with a new investment from fellow Berlin-based venture capital firm Heal Capital.
The startup secured a seed funding of €8.5 million from HV Capital and Cavalry Ventures in December 2020.
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February 12, 2021
SELF-MANAGEMENT PLATFORM FOR IBD PATIENTS
Social purpose company, Ampersand Health has announced its partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust to roll out the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) platform My IBD Care.
The initiative supports patients living with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis and facilitates remote monitoring and communications between these patients and...
February 10, 2021
NASA astronauts prepping for a space mission are about to get a new gadget thanks to a deal between the agency and Fitbit.
The two inked a deal in order to provide a Fitbit devices to 1,000 NASA employees—including 150 astronauts, in order for the workforce to make more informed decisions about going to work onsite during COVID-19.
With the deal, which is part of Fitbit’s Ready for Work program,...
February 8, 2021
Fitbit users can now track their blood glucose levels within the device’s connected app, the company announced Monday in a blog post.
Users can import their blood sugar data automatically by connecting with their LifeScan OneTouch Reveal app or by manually logging their levels. Fitbit will be adding other glucose meters and apps in the future, it said in the announcement.
Within the Fitbit app,...
January 14, 2021
Fourteen-and-a-half months later, Google has finally completed its acquisition of health wearables company Fitbit. The news was announced this morning in complementary statements from Fitbit cofounder and (now previous) CEO James Park and Rick Osterloh, Google's SVP of devices and services.
"This is just the beginning because becoming part of the Google family means we can do even more to inspire...
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December 23, 2020
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday rejected an undertaking proposed by Google to address competition concerns over its planned acquisition of Fitbit.
The ACCC in June released a list of issues it had with the merger that included concerns that Google would be given too much access to people’s data, as well as decreasing competition in the wearables market.
December 17, 2020
Following months of regulatory investigation, the European Commission has officially signed off on Google's $2.1 billion purchase of health-wearable-maker Fitbit. Still, the go-ahead is contingent on a handful of commitments from the tech company that focus on its competitive practices across advertising, digital health APIs and smart device interoperability.
"We can approve the proposed...
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December 1, 2020
Amnesty International is urging the E.U. Commission to halt the much publicized Fitbit-Google merger unless the companies can demonstrate consideration of human rights risks associated with data and surveillance, and the implementation of data safeguards.
In November of 2019, news broke that Google was set to acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion. However, the merger is yet to be greenlighted ...
December 1, 2020
Consumer wearable devices can be key tools in predicting the onset of illnesses like COVID-19 by using health metrics like breathing rate, resting heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV), according to findings published in npj Digital Medicine from Fitbit.
The paper outlines predictors for the severity of illness, symptom prevalence, illness duration among male and female participants and...