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  • Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    As Jawbone continues to work towards a pivot, the Up device maker also continues to talent that may not be core to its future. In the latest departure, Kelvin Kwong, who had been the Jawbone’s director of product management, has joined Big Health, maker of the Sleepio sleep improvement program, as VP of product management. Alongside that, Dr Jenna Carl is now the startup’s… Read More

  • Jawbone claims Fitbit is under criminal investigation as the rivals continue to spar

    Jawbone claims Fitbit is under criminal investigation as the rivals continue to spar

    The Jawbone/Fitbit ugliness appears to be continuing on unabated, even the rival fitness companies work to deal with their own financial struggles and concerns around the health of the wearable market at large. The companies have been batting suits back and forth at least since mid-2015, primarily dealing with issues of intellectual proprietary and trade secrets – the sort of charges… Read More

  • Wearables have got some work to do this year

    Wearables have got some work to do this year

    It’s a wait and see moment for wrist-worn devices. After a few years of betting heavily on the space, this most recent CES didn’t offer much; save for two or three smartwatch announcements, some partnerships and a couple of middling bands, the industry seems to have largely shifted its focus toward the connected home and the seemingly attainable dream of sticking Alexa in… Read More

  • Fitbit reportedly tried to buy Jawbone late last year

    Fitbit reportedly tried to buy Jawbone late last year

    It’s been a busy few months for Fitbit. The company has been snatching up startups left and right and announced partnerships galore at CES last week. It’s also engaged in public sniping with Jawbone, one of its chief competitors, in a series of statements and filing tied to patent lawsuits – a company it apparently tried to buy just ahead of the holidays. That latest bit… Read More

  • Jawbone fires back after Fitbit ends patent case

    Jawbone fires back after Fitbit ends patent case

    Fitbit celebrated the holiday this year by ending one of a number of suits filed against fellow fitness wearable manufacturer Jawbone. Even so, the legal war being waged between the two sides appears to be a long way from over. In fact, Jawbone has issued its own filing this week that, naturally, accepts Fitbit’s motion to terminate the patent suit, while hitting back against the… Read More

  • Fitbit ends one Jawbone patent case seeking to block device import

    Fitbit ends one Jawbone patent case seeking to block device import

    It’s a minor holiday miracle. Wearable device leaders Fitbit and Jawbone have been locked in a prolonged legal battle for well over a year, and yesterday Fitbit dropped one of the key pursuits against its fellow fitness manufacturer, dropping a patent violation complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Fitbit cited Jawbone’s recent financial woes as part of… Read More

  • Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Mio fitness bands criticized for privacy failings

    Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Mio fitness bands criticized for privacy failings

    Several of the most popular fitness wearable makers have been criticized for having obscure and asymmetrical terms and conditions that impinge on Europeans’ consumer and privacy rights. Read More

  • What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers Crunch Network

    What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

    Fitbit is facing a class-action lawsuit regarding the accuracy of their heart-rate data, which have been shown to be inaccurate by a margin of up to 20 beats per minute. This news risks sending back to the drawing board many of us who have been experimenting with biotelemetry. Here we seek to present a balanced view of the state of these and other related issues, and chart a viable path forward. Read More

  • The next wave of transformative digital health Crunch Network

    The next wave of transformative digital health

    Digital healthcare investing has gone through several waves: 2013 was the year of consumer wearables, 2014 of healthcare big data, 2015 of virtual care delivery and 2016, so far, has been about payer disruption. 2017 will be a return to the core practice of medicine: technology that enables providers and biopharma to extend their reach and take greater risk for outcomes. Read More

  • Fitbit scores win against Jawbone in trade dispute

    Fitbit scores win against Jawbone in trade dispute

    Chalk one up in Fitbit’s column. An International Trade Commission judge ruled in Fitbit’s favor on a series of patent disputes brought forth by Jawbone. This ruling seems to make it less likely that Fitbit would face an import ban of its wearable fitness trackers. In this case ITC Judge Dee Lord invalidated the last of Jawbone’s patents the two companies are fighting over. Read More

  • Jawbone doubles down on its allegations against Fitbit

    Jawbone doubles down on its allegations against Fitbit

    For nearly a year Jawbone and Fitbit have been in the courts and Jawbone just threw down new allegations. In a motion to amend the original filing, Jawbone wants to add a new defendant to the case that formerly worked at Jawbone but defected to Fitbit, bringing a host of confidential information along with her. Jawbone also now contends that this person, along with previously named… Read More

  • How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last Crunch Network

    How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last

    In the first part of this series, we learned about designing products that use good triggers and motivators to get users like Joe to engage in healthy behaviors. Now, how can we ensure that these new behaviors become long-term habits? In this second part, we return to Nir Eyal’s Hooked model to look at reinforcing Joe’s behavior through rewards and an investment in your product. Read More

  • Better Health By Design: Making Healthcare Tech More Usable, Understandable And Profitable Crunch Network

    Better Health By Design: Making Healthcare Tech More Usable, Understandable And Profitable

    The interplay of health and design isn’t new. In 1857, Nurse (and Data Scientist) Florence Nightingale used design principles to illustrate the casualties of soldiers in the Crimean War and changed national policy. Nightingale showed that soldiers weren’t dying mainly on the battlefield, but instead they were dying in the hospitals due to the poor sanitary conditions there. Read More

  • The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

    The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

    We pulled together all 153 unicorns currently listed on the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard and then matched them up with data provided by Glassdoor to give you the top 20 highest paying startup unicorns for software engineering jobs. In our previous report, we revealed cloud-based big data company Cloudera paid the best overall. Dropbox now takes the top spot when narrowing it down to… Read More

  • Jawbone Lays Off 60, 15% Of Staff Globally, Closes NY Office

    Jawbone Lays Off 60, 15% Of Staff Globally, Closes NY Office

    Some difficult news this week for Jawbone, maker of fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company yesterday laid off around 60 employees, or 15% of staff. It’s a global round of layoffs affecting all areas of the business; and as part of it Jawbone is also closing down its New York office (which was concentrated on… Read More

  • Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Following the bell, Fitbit announced its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $409.3 million, and earnings per share using normal accounting methods of $0.19. The company’s adjusted profit totaled $0.24 per share. The results are notably strong. Investors had expected the company to report a far-slimmer $0.10 adjusted per-share profit off of revenue of just $350.97. Read More

  • Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    The war continues apace in the world of wearable fitness trackers. Jawbone — which makes fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets — has filed a counterclaim against Fitbit in a patent infringement case brought by the latter company against its rival in September. In the countersuit — embedded below along with Fitbit’s patent suit — Jawbone denies… Read More

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