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Google owned Fitbit sued for its tendency to overheat and cause burns to customers
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Google owned Fitbit sued for its tendency to overheat and cause burns to customers

Two people based out of California, US, are suing Google and Fitbit after their fitness trackers overheated and caused major burns. Earlier this year, Google had recalled 1.7 million units of a different Fitbit variant after a few Ionic smartwatches had caused burns from overheating.

Google executives see cracks in their company's success and Sundar Pichai's leadership
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Google executives see cracks in their company's success and Sundar Pichai's leadership

Pichai has also gone through with tough, unpopular decisions, like cutting down on “vanity projects” that didn’t do much for the business, says a former employee

Google I/O 2021: Google and Samsung announce the merge of Wear OS and Tizen
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Google I/O 2021: Google and Samsung announce the merge of Wear OS and Tizen

The move means Samsung will use Google's Wear OS for its upcoming Galaxy smartwatches instead of its own Tizen platform

Fitbit, NASA tie up for COVID-19 vigilance among astronauts, mission-critical employees
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Fitbit, NASA tie up for COVID-19 vigilance among astronauts, mission-critical employees

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Fitbit Charge 4 updated with features like skin temperature, SpO2 tracker, and more
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Fitbit Charge 4 updated with features like skin temperature, SpO2 tracker, and more

The new features will now also be available to all its Versa 2, Inspire 2 and Charge 4 users in India.

Google has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit amid ongoing review by US Department of Justice
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Google has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit amid ongoing review by US Department of Justice

The completion of the acquisition comes 14 months after Google announced the Fitbit deal that immediately raised alarms.

Wearable activity trackers may help distinguish between COVID-19, flu symptoms early on
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Wearable activity trackers may help distinguish between COVID-19, flu symptoms early on

Health agencies and governments across the world have also devised methods to record these self-reported symptoms via smartphones to detect emerging hotspots for the infection and allocating adequate medical resources accordingly.

Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition wins conditional approval from the European competition commission
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Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition wins conditional approval from the European competition commission

The deal saw Google agreeing to a number of concessions for the approval of the acquisition after an investigation by EU commission.

Google Assistant can now fetch wellness data like sleep data from Fitbit
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Google Assistant can now fetch wellness data like sleep data from Fitbit

The new section integrates with Fitbit trackers and enables users to get access to sleep data from any assistant-compatible device.

Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 start receiving new software updates, brings Google Assistant, improved blood oxygen, more
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Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 start receiving new software updates, brings Google Assistant, improved blood oxygen, more

With the update users of Sense and Versa 3 will also be able to take hands-free Bluetooth calls with the on-device microphone and speakers.

Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge: Report
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Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge: Report

Google could allay competition worries by offering a binding pledge to EU competition enforcers.

EU regulators checking whether Fitbit deal might allow Google to drive rivals out of the market
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EU regulators checking whether Fitbit deal might allow Google to drive rivals out of the market

Healthcare providers are also being asked whether they would see Google as a rival if it is allowed to buy Fitbit.

Fitbit unveils 'Fitbit Flow', a low-cost emergency ventilator, to aid during the Coronavirus pandemic
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Fitbit unveils 'Fitbit Flow', a low-cost emergency ventilator, to aid during the Coronavirus pandemic

Fitbit has received nod from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for using the product.

Fitbit may soon make emergency ventilators to tackle COVID-19 crisis, says CEO James Park
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Fitbit may soon make emergency ventilators to tackle COVID-19 crisis, says CEO James Park

Fitbit Inc, which is known for making activity trackers, smartwatches and wireless-enabled wearable technology, will be shifting supply chain resources to make emergency ventilators.

Fitbit has launched a study to test if wearable devices can detect irregular heart rhythms
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Fitbit has launched a study to test if wearable devices can detect irregular heart rhythms

Fitbit says the study will fill that purpose and generate data for its regulatory submissions around the world.

US consumer advocates urge close scrutiny of Google's plan to buy Fitbit
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US consumer advocates urge close scrutiny of Google's plan to buy Fitbit

It's been argued that although Google says it does not plan to use data collected by Fitbit for advertising, it could be valuable to others.

Fitbit Charge 4 with built-in GPS and Spotify integration launched in India at Rs 14,999
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Fitbit Charge 4 with built-in GPS and Spotify integration launched in India at Rs 14,999

The fitness band comes with features like sleep tracking, Fitbit Pay, personalised heart rate zones and workout intensity map.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Fitbit is now offering a 90-day free trial of its premium service amid global health crisis
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Fitbit is now offering a 90-day free trial of its premium service amid global health crisis

The free trial will provide access to personalised health insights, guidance, advanced sleep tools, customised programs and more than 150 workouts.

Facebook was the mystery bidder for Fitbit against Google reveals report
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Facebook was the mystery bidder for Fitbit against Google reveals report

Facebook offered a final price of $7.30 as opposed to Google's offer of $7.35 per share.