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By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2016
Jawbone quietly acquired a company last year that could shed some light on the company's rumored clinical wearable, MobiHealthNews has learned. Spectros, a startup founded by current Jawbone Chief Medical Officer David Benaron, was acquired by Jawbone in 2015. The company confirmed the news to MobiHealthNews in an email. Benaron is a serial entrepreneur whose previous company, Insite, was...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2016
Apple has quietly hired Dr. Rajiv B. Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist currently employed by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, FastCo reported Friday. He will continue working at the hospital part time. Kumar has experience implementing Apple's HealthKit to help patients manage their diabetes. In recent weeks, Apple also saw the departure of one of its healthcare lawyers...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2016
Jawbone is selling its speaker business and may also be halting sales of its wearable tracker line, according to various reports. Another report says these efforts will be followed up by the launch of a device in a new category: a clinical-grade health wearable. (Updated below with a statement from Jawbone.) Fortune reported on the sale of the speaker business on Friday. According to Fortune,...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has ruled that the two Jawbone patents Fitbit was accused of infringing upon are ineligible and invalid. Judge Dee Lord went deep in her 25-page summary judgement, which among other things, invoked 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys. As regular readers of MobiHealthNews know, the ITC conflict is part of a constellation of legal...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way. Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
By Aditi Pai March 16, 2016
Jawbone has added a new defendant to one of its cases against Fitbit. This case is the one in which Jawbone alleges Fitbit poached employees who stole Jawbone trade secrets, according to Fortune. In the amended filing, Jawbone added Fitbit employee Jing Qi “Gee” Weiden, who was a former Jawbone employee, to the defendants. Weiden allegedly sent sensitive Jawbone company files to her Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2016
Updated with statement from Fitbit. Fitbit's ongoing legal battle with Jawbone about patents has heated up recently, as Fitbit claims that certain Jawbone patents are overly broad and thus invalid. Fitbit is challenging a Jawbone patent before the US Patent and Trade Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as asking the ITC to throw out three others based on a Supreme Court precedent....
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2016
Last month saw the last vestige of BodyMedia, the FDA-cleared consumer-facing wearable device company acquired by Jawbone in 2013, slip away. On January 31st the company officially stopped making BodyMedia Fit device data available to users and shut down the BodyMedia website (it now redirects to Jawbone’s site), essentially rendering the devices useless. “On Jan 31, 2016 support for BodyMedia...
By Aditi Pai February 4, 2016
Teladoc, a video visits company, has hired Stephany Verstraete as its chief marketing officer. Before working at Teladoc, Verstraete worked in marketing for Truveris, as their CMO. She's held past marketing positions at Kraft, Frito Lay, Hostess, Match.com, and Expedia. Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic said in a statement that Teladoc most valued Verstraete’s experience building brands and working in...
By Aditi Pai January 29, 2016
Health tracking apps and devices offer consumers the ability to track an increasing number of relevant metrics. Over the years a number of the companies behind them, especially the ones with larger user bases, have released their own insights based on interesting correlations in the data sets they've collected. For example, just last week, Runkeeper Director of Marketing tweeted a link to a post...

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