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Facebook acquires company behind Moves fitness app

Facebook acquires company behind Moves fitness app

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The team behind Moves, a fitness tracker app on iOS and Android, is joining Facebook. "Since we launched Moves, we’ve been focused on running a simple and clean activity diary that millions of people have enjoyed using," the company said in a blog post today. "Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people."

But don't expect to see a step-counter in Facebook's mobile apps just yet. Moves says its app will remain a standalone experience and the company is also looking to swiftly settle any privacy concerns, telling users "there are no plans" to share its data with Facebook.

Moves took a unique approach with its app, which first debuted last January. Aside from regular activity tracking, the app also makes note of where you've stopped throughout your day — be it work, a local lunch spot, or a coffee shop. In the beginning, Moves only supported running and walking activity, but has since expanded significantly and now offers a wide variety of exercise tracking. It fares all right with users too, with an average four-star rating on both the App Store and Google Play. The company says it's been downloaded over 4 million times.