Pocketnow Daily: Google Buying FitBit Means A LOT, Here’s Why… (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about Google officially buying Fitbit , leaked images of the Moto Razr the new Samsung W20 5G and more

Yes, it’s official, Google has just closed the deal to acquire Fitbit

It is official, Google has already reached an agreement with Fitbit to acquire the company with 12 years of wearable experience

Amazon acquiring eero to enrich its smart home, IoT strategies

The e-commerce platform giant has taken a financial liking to a mesh Wi-Fi network company. How will Amazon acquiring eero help its own position?
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Google still wants in on Wear OS with $40 million buy of Fossil assets

The assets include intellectual property as well as employees from the research and development team. Will it revive Wear OS?

Apple keeps Shazam accessible for all, takes off ads

As it announced the closing of the acquisition, Apple also told users it would no longer run ads in the music-identifying app.

Apple is already working on developing augmented reality glasses

Apple keeps on taking steps towards the development of new augmented reality glasses with the purchase of Akonia Holographics

Wearied Qualcomm gives up on acquiring NXP

A $44 billion deal is going down the drain because it needs approval from Chinese regulators. The US and China are in a complicated relationship right now.

Apple to deploy 1Password to all employees, may acquire owner AgileBits

The service provision agreement comes first and requires AgileBits to grow rapidly to cope with more than 123,000 new customers.

AT&T jacks administrative fee from 76 cents to $2 per month

That’s a hike of approximately 260 percent. What’s up with this rocket and what does this mean for people who have lines with AT&T?

AT&T closes on Time Warner acquisition

The second-largest wireless carrier just got bigger, but not in the way that would help build its network. Instead, it’s building its content offerings.

After recent acquisition, Broadcom lays off 1,100 employees

What would have happened if Broadcom had acquired Qualcomm? Some say we should take a cue from the aftermath of a recent actual acquisition.

AT&T can buy Time Warner as judge shuts down Department of Justice

The deal was being contested out of concern that AT&T would hike up premium channel packages and retransmission fees in negotiation with competitors.

After leaving Nokia, Withings will go back to digital health on its own

Eric Carreel, one of the original co-founders of Withings, has taken the company back and will work on tracking more chronic health issues with future products.

China may finally approve Qualcomm buyout of NXP

The potential move comes in the context of recent trade tensions between the US and China that could be easing up over a few isolated deals.

HTC made a rare profit during Q1 2018, largely thanks to Google

HTC’s quarterly revenues were down again in the January – March 2018 timeframe, generating an operating loss of around $175 million, but thanks to a recent Google deal, the Taiwanese company actually posted a net profit.

NPR and other public media companies acquire Pocket Casts app

No major changes are coming to the Pocket Casts app immediately and all five members of its developing company, Shifty Jelly, will join the joint venture.

Nokia will sell its struggling digital health division back to the co-founder of Withings

There’s no word on how much Nokia can hope to recoup from a failed $191 million investment in an ecosystem of digital health products originally created by Withings.

Net neutrality isn’t exactly dead yet… | #PNWeekly 302 (Audio)

The Trump White House has yet to sign off on key aspects of the net neutrality repeal. Sprint and T-Mobile and merging… again… and more in our show!

Qualcomm 1Q18 earnings beat the street, but there are plenty of aches

Given the stumbling blocks Qualcomm has in front of it, such as Apple, Chinese regulators and grabby investors, the company has done a good job with the bottom line.

ARM denies talking with potential dark horse buyer for Qualcomm

The designer of the processor cores that are somewhat likely in your phone right now says it has not talked with the man that wants to take the company that makes your phone’s main processor private.

Spotify acquires Loudr for quicker royalty payments

Loudr helps cover artists manage intellectual property rights and works to get royalties for mechanical rights from platforms such as Spotify.

Possibility growing of Xiaomi acquiring GoPro

GoPro’s renown has shrunken over the years, but it still could bring a pretty good name to Xiaomi’s action camera line as well as the Chinese company as a whole.

Even after losing Qualcomm, Broadcom went ahead with its now-completed US redomiciliation

President Trump’s recent blocking of Broadcom’s proposed Qualcomm takeover on national security grounds hasn’t stopped the company from changing its legal domicile back to the US.

Google acquires GIF-centered business Tenor

Google has acquired one of the big GIF aggregators, search engines, content and marketing shapers and more in one little package.

Lytro employees shuffled to Google, company shutting down

Lots of word of mouth around this developing story, but what’s known for certain is that the startup centered around light field cameras is going away.