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A complete buyout of Pebble by Fitbit by end of year?

Before the Apple Watch came the Pebble. The Kickstarter-funded smartwatch communicates with either iOS or Android phones, employs an LCD e-ink screen to minimize power consumption, and retails for a fraction of the cost of Apple's smartwatch. According to one fan, Pebble makes a watch "so good it puts Apple to shame."

Yet Pebble, and the wearables industry in general, have fallen on hard times. Fitness tracker company Fitbit's stock plummeted in early November, and Pebble has laid off a quarter of its staff. Wearables companies are looking for the next innovation - or to cut their losses.

On November 30, news broke that Fitbit is in talks to buy Pebble. The deal brings all of Pebble's expertise and technology to Fitbit, and offers Fitbit a chance to eliminate a competitor. The purchase price has not been finalized, but has been reported to be around $40 million. The deal could also affect production of Pebble's latest products, the Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble Core.

Will a takeover of Pebble by Fitbit be finalized and approved before the end of 2016?

This question will resolve as positive if the acquisition of Pebble by Fitbit is finalized and receives all necessary regulatory approval on or before Dec. 31, 2016, as reported in a corporate press release or article in a reputable journalistic outlet.

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