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Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion


Google has just announced that it's buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that the Fitbit purchase is "an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market." The news comes just days after a report from Reuters, which claimed that Google was in talks to buy the popular fitness tracker company. Under the deal, Fitbit will be joining Google itself. According to a separate press release issued by Fitbit, the company will still take privacy for health and fitness data seriously, noting that "Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads."

Google reveals its most-searched 'How To' tips


It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. Now, Google has created a new site that shows exactly what you want to fix, do and learn the most, based on where you live. The need to to fix windows, walls and doors topped lists everywhere, so the team threw out those results to focus on regional patterns. The results? "North Americans and East Asians need their toilets, people in former Soviet countries are fearless enough to attempt fixing their own washing machines, [and] warmer climates can't live without a fridge," Xaquin writes. Other top searches revolve around cooking, dating, money, dressing and health.

Will Google's groundbreaking health study really do any good?

New Scientist

Last week, Google announced its latest foray into health care – an ambitious project to collect vast amounts of health data from 10,000 volunteers. The company's health spinout Verily describes its Project Baseline as "an effort to map human health". People have been mapping human health by collecting data from volunteers for decades, but Google is billing its version as a step change. That's largely down to the addition of snazzy new technologies that Verily will use to track the

Google wants you to train its AI by lip syncing 'Dance Monkey' by Tones and I


Google is asking users to help teach its AI how to speak. A new "Experiments with Google" called LipSync asks users to lip sync a small part of "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I, Android Police reports. LipSync, which is built by YouTube for Chrome on desktop, will score your performance. It will then feed the video to Google's AI -- it doesn't record any audio. Google plans to use the video clips to teach its AI how human faces move when we speak.