Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

A poster child for what's wrong with merger-driven growth is the Google-Fitbit acquisition, which would see the dominant wearable fitness tracker company disappear into the Googleplex, along with its massive trove of sensitive user data.

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

When the Scripps Research scientists added aggregated Fitbit variables, such as resting heart rate and sleep data, into a model that included CDC’s surveillance data for flu-like illnesses from three weeks prior, they were able to significantly improve real-time predictions at the state level.

People getting rid of Fitbits after Google

People getting rid of Fitbits after Google

"With news of the acquisition of your company, I intend to sell my Fitbit & delete my account," said a tweet from Tanya Janca, which received several hundred retweets and likes.

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Rick Osterloh knows a thing or two about Google mucking up a big consumer electronics acquisition Google, like all tech giants, has bought a lot of companies.

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

Aside from assuming a strong link between mental illness and violence, this kind of surveillance creates mistrust in the system, forcing people with mental health issues to consider whether getting help could put them on a federal watch list.

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Under the country’s national health program — Live Healthy SG, hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents will soon be able to register to get a free Fitbit Inspire HR.On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.

Introducing Community Products — making crowdselling a reality

Introducing Community Products — making crowdselling a reality

Over the last few months, one of Streamr project’s talented community members, Gang Liu, has been figuring out how to push data from his personal Fitbit to a product he created on the Streamr Marketplace.

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

He’s going to investigate how technology can help diagnose and treat mental health conditions . A growing number of people choose to track their own physical condition using FitBits, Jawbones and other activity trackers, tiny wearable devices that monitor your movements, pulse rate, sleep patterns and more.