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1 Nov 2019, 10:26am Google snaps up Fitbit for $2.1bn
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Takeover allows web giant to take on Apple in fast-growing smartwatch and wearables business Google has snapped up the Fitbit fitness tracker business in a $2.1bn (£1.6bn) deal that will enable the search giant to go toe-to-toe with Apple in the fast-growing smartwatch and wearables business. Google is paying cash for the San Francisco-based Fitbit, which was set up in 2007.
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1 Nov 2019, 2:00am Apple hopes its new streaming service will make a splash
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AppleTV+ starts with smaller budget than Netflix or Amazon but aims for prestige market Apple gatecrashes the fast-growing global streaming business on Friday with the launch of Apple TV+, offering a free service on all new Apple devices for the first year. The Silicon Valley giant has pulled out all the stops to promote the service, which launches in 100 countries on Friday, with the stars of its flagship new series The Morning Show, Jennifer Aniston and Reece Witherspoon, spearheading the publicity push on both sides of the Atlantic.
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