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SAN FRANCISCO — Google parent company Alphabet’s move to buy Fitbit, announced Friday, comes with big questions for the growing push in health and medicine to make use of data collected from smartwatches and fitness trackers. Here are five of them:

1. How will Fitbit be combined with Google’s existing wearables technology?


This isn’t Google’s first foray into wearables technology. The company’s Verily unit, which is focused on health care, had previously worked with something known as the “study watch,” which was used in clinical trials. In January, that device received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to be used to take electrocardiograms.

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