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Jawbone files a desperate lawsuit claiming FitBit stole sensitive information



Jawbone is getting desperate.

The maker of UP fitness trackers has filed a lawsuit alleging that several of its employees took sensitive information about the company’s “supply chain, gross margins, product lineup and market predictions” with them after they were recruited by rival FitBit.

Jawbone names FitBit and five of its former employees in the lawsuit. It’s seeking an unspecified amount of damages in the suit and is also pursuing an injunction preventing those former employees from disclosing any more of its secrets.

Here’s the official statement FitBit provided to BuzzFeed News:

As the pioneer and leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit has no need to take information from Jawbone or any other company. Since Fitbit’s start in 2007, our employees have developed and delivered innovative product offerings to empower our customers to lead healthier, more active lives. We are unaware of any confidential or proprietary information of Jawbone in our possession and we intend to vigorously defend against these allegations.

Perhaps the most telling aspect of the lawsuit is that it comes shortly after FitBit announced that it’s hoping to raise around $ 100 million from an initial public offering expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange later this year.

Jawbone has no such plans. In fact, reports have swirled about the company failing to raise venture funding and being forced to take a $ 300 million loan — and a tight leash, according to Bloomberg View — from BlackRock earlier this year.

One company is going public. Another is said to be struggling to raise venture capital in the frothiest times since the original dot-com boom. Even if there is merit to Jawbone’s claims, the suit’s timing makes it seem opportunistic at best.

[illustration by Brad Jonas]



Compact Cameras, Sensitive Files, and New Netflix Titles


Compact Cameras, Sensitive Files, and New Netflix TitlesS

Readers offer their best tips for building a bouncer/diffuser for compact cameras, deleting sensitive files, and staying up to date on new Netflix releases.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.

Build a Bouncer/Diffuser for Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras, Sensitive Files, and New Netflix Titles

Benny shares his build for a bouncer/diffuser for compact cameras:

I put together this build for a flash bouncer and diffuser for compact cameras. It helps you get more out of your built-in flash and it’s cheap to make.

Encrypt Sensitive Files Before Deleting for Better Security

Chris shares a tip for making sure deleted files stay deleted:

After a freak accident in which I deleted all of my family photos, I had to delve into the world of data recovery. While recovering my data, I inadvertently recovered a bunch of data from other people whose content had temporarily been on my hard drive. After I saw that, I tried to figure out how I could delete files and keep them from showing up in a data recovery scenario. My solution is to package them in an encrypted disk image before deleting. In my subsequent scans, the deleted image was never picked up (where the individual files always were).

Get a Tweet When Netflix Adds a New Title

Compact Cameras, Sensitive Files, and New Netflix Titles

Zachary shares a tip for keeping up with Netflix releases:

Hey life hackers. I thought I’d share something I made that might be useful to your readers. It’s a twitter bot that automatically tweets whenever Netflix adds a new Instant title. It’s a little thing, but I think it’s pretty handy.

Microwave Then Bake Frozen Foods for Great Taste in Less Time

Terry shares a food hack with us:

For the many snack foods that offer microwave and oven instructions, I find the baking method is normally better (crisper, tastier). But what takes 2 minutes in the microwave takes 25 minutes in the oven. While I am a fan of almost instant gratification, I’ve found that you can cut the baking time by more than half by microwaving for three quarters of the recommended microwave time first. For example, if you have a frozen burrito that takes 4 minutes in the microwave or 20 minutes in the oven, cook it for 3 minutes in the microwave and about 8 or 9 minutes in the oven.

I know a few foods have these combination instructions on them, but I’ve found that it works with almost everything that has both oven and microwave directions.

Photo by Doug Waldron.