Who else might be considering acquiring WhatsApp?

The WhatsApp rumor mill is churning again today with a report that Google is negotiating an acquisition of the mobile messaging startup in the billion-dollar range. But I think WhatsApp would be a better fit for a few other companies looking to step up their game in mobile.

Podcast: Why the world needs wearable computing

From smart watches to devices that monitor health, wearables are hot items on the market today. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, Michael Wolf and Jody Ranck discuss wearable’s place in the fitness and medical industries, challengers to growth, and the role of data.

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SHOW NOTES
Host: Adam Lesser
Speakers: Michael Wolf and Jody Ranck

  • The market for wearables in connected health: Medical versus Fitness
  • Potential for wearables in health care and research
  • Smart watch potential
  • Could the smartphone get disrupted as the key input/communications interface?
  • Kinect, hearing aids, and the possibility of wearables that provide social context
  • Regulatory challenges, privacy and the need for reliable research data for wearables in health care

 

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