Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust probe: sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust probe: sources. “Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next week, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Alphabet Inc unit Google this month offered not to use Fitbit’s health data to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns. The opening of a full-scale investigation suggests that this is not sufficient.”

Exclusive: Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge – sources. “Google may be able to stave off a full-scale EU antitrust investigation into its planned $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT.N) by pledging not to use Fitbit’s health data for its ads, people familiar with the matter said.”

Consumer orgs ask world’s competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit’s data? (The Register)

The Register: Consumer orgs ask world’s competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit’s data?. “Twenty consumer and citizen rights groups have published an open letter [PDF] urging regulators to pay closer attention to Google parent Alphabet’s planned acquisition of Fitbit.”

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators set July 20 deadline for Google, Fitbit deal

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators set July 20 deadline for Google, Fitbit deal. “EU antitrust regulators will decide by July 20 whether to clear Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit, a deal that has prompted concerns from consumer groups and privacy advocates. Google sought EU approval on Monday, according to a filing on the European Commission website.”

Macworld: Fitbit is studying how to detect coronavirus before symptoms show up—and you can help

Macworld: Fitbit is studying how to detect coronavirus before symptoms show up—and you can help. “Starting this week, users will find a new COVID-19 Study in the Fitbit app, which will help Fitbit determine if it can build an algorithm to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start. Fitbit is encouraging people who ‘currently have, or have had, symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the flu’ to participate, but the study is open to everyone.”

Reuters: EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal

Reuters: EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal . “Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s $2.1 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.”

The Verge: How to delete your Fitbit data before Google takes charge

The Verge: How to delete your Fitbit data before Google takes charge. “…as The Verge’s Dieter Bohn reports, there are a number of Fitbit owners who are now threatening to move to Apple Watch as a result of the acquisition. If you are among their number, you probably want to know how to delete your account (and, thus, your data) from Fitbit’s servers before the sale goes through. It’s actually pretty simple to do.”

Ars Technica: Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion

Ars Technica: Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion. “t’s official: Google is buying Fitbit. The company announced the move in a blog post this morning, and reports say the deal is worth $2.1 billion.” I don’t feel great about this; Google does not have a good track record of successfully integrating hardware companies (NEST), and its own hardware has had its problems. I’m trying to think of a company that’s good at making hardware that isn’t primarily hardware-focused, and I’m not having any luck.