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In Brief: Google introduces new Guest Mode for voice assistant privacy

Users will not need to log into their Google account to use smart devices, so will not have their activity saved.

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Fitbit acquisition for reported $2.1 billion allowed by global regulators

January 19, 2021

Google closes Fitbit deal making commitment to protect user privacy and silo data Google has completed its acquisition of Fitbit, which has a community of 29 million active users. The announcement follows a year of negotiation that resulted in Google’s promises to safeguard consumer privacy, keep Fitbit user data separate and to not use the Fitbit data for Google advertising.

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A majority of employees would use workplace wearables if privacy is protected, according to new Nymi report

January 19, 2021

Toronto-based Nymi Inc., survey of more than 2,000 U.S. employees found that 77% would welcome using a wearable issued by their employer if it contributed to their health, safety and effectiveness. At the same time, more than half indicated that they would want their data to be kept private, and 44% had concerns that their company might not use their data responsibly.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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