This Week in Google (MP3)

by TWiT

Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and their guests talk about the latest Google and cloud computing news. Records live every Wednesday at 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 20:00 UTC.

  

Latest Episodes

TWiG 517: ...And His Last Name was Higginbotham

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • TikToK Takes Over VidCon
  • Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook vs Congress over anti-trust, censorship, data tracking
  • Elon Musk Wants to sew wires into your brain
  • FaceApp gives Russian your pictures
  • Facebook Fined $5 Billion - is the biggest FTC fine ever big enough?
  • Facebook and Congress wrangle over Libra cryptocurrency
  • Baby Google
  • New Twitter style
  • The influencers are taking over business
  • Prime Day was huge
  • Most of the Google walkout organizers have left
  • Yes, Google is listening when you say OK Google
  • Neilsen wants to track podcasts


Picks of the Week

  • Jeff's Number: Google made 3200 changes to search last year
  • Stacey's Thing: Wyze Bulbs
  • Leo's Tool: Firefox + Startpage

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 18 July 2019 | 2:21 am


TWiG 516: Skylab Coprolites

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • Google's 4000 word Privacy Policy
  • Google and Dish, sitting in a tree?
  • The problem(s) with YouTube
  • Facebook privacy is already a problem
  • The Chome OS 75 debacle
  • Debian 10 Buster is not for Chromebooks
  • Linux is the future
  • Google Stadia FAQ: multiplayer, VR, how to order
  • Instagram fixes online bullying
  • Trump can't block you on Twitter. Neither can AOC.
  • Facebook fought Fake News (about Facebook)
  • Android - Google = /e/ foundation
  • AT&T blocks robocalls
  • FCC vs SF
  • Amazon at 25
  • Amazon warehouse workers to strike on Prime Day
  • Amazon keeps Alexa recordings indefinitely
  • YouTube and Amazon Prime Video kiss and make up

Picks of the Week

  • Jeff's Number: Giant GDPR fines for Marriott, BA
  • Kevin's Stuff: JGrasp: an open source IDE with an awesome visual debugger

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 11 July 2019 | 2:39 am


TWiG 515: A Phone for Every Country

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Chinese Border Patrol Installing Malware on Visitors' Phones
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold Ready for Launch (Again)
  • Trump Says Huawei Can Sell Phones in the US Again - But Can They? (They Can't.)
  • Galaxy Note 10 Launch August 7
  • Google Jigsaw's Toxic Culture
  • Less Secure Apps and G Suite
  • New Zealand vs Google
  • Germany vs Facebook
  • Facebook vs Anti-vaxxers
  • Twitter Warns You About Controversial Tweets from Public Figures
  • Florida and Georgia hit by Ransomware
  • White House Social Media Summit July 11
  • Berkeley Wins Right to Warn You About Cell Phone Radiation
  • Google Launches Fuchsia Developer Site
  • Google Patents Multi-Page Foldable Phone
  • How to Opt-Out of Airport Face Recognition
  • Why the Pentagon is Shooting Lasers at Your Heart
  • Intel Auctions Its 5G Patents
  • Wikipedia Founder Calls for Social Media Strike
  • Equifax CIO Jailed for Insider Trading
  • Microsoft Gives Refunds for Yanked Ebooks

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tool: Dozens of Drivers Got Stuck After Blindly Following Google Maps Into a Mud Pit
  • Jeff's Number: Most crowded subway lines in the world
  • Stacey's Thing: Amazon Echo Auto

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 3 July 2019 | 10:38 pm


TWiG 514: Alphabetical

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Mathew introduces the panel to Media Ecology
  • Has the internet made us too distrustful?
  • Google's new campaign to teach children to "Be Internet Awesome"
  • Professor was 7 words away from being hacked
  • Senator pushes for algorithm-free search results
  • Just how much is your Facebook and Google data worth?
  • Twitter, FB, and Google better watch out, the President is mad!
  • Google's message to employees: don't protest us
  • Google's mental health initiative
  • YouTube is being investigated by the government
  • FB might have another agenda for Libra
  • What happened to Cloudflare this week?
  • Who wants to live in a very smart town?
  • Is there a difference between a platform and a publisher?
  • Guess who's buying up NYC real estate?

Picks of the Week

Jeff's Pick: Google reviewer sued for $500K

Stacey's Pick: OXO Salad Dressing Shaker

Mathew's Story: Twitter Lists

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 26 June 2019 | 11:42 pm


TWiG 513: A Secret Route in Jersey

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency - Don't call it "Zuck Bucks"
  • Google Caught "Red Handed' Scraping Genius Lyrics
  • Facebook Moderators Live in a Special Kind of Hell
  • Senator wants to strip internet platforms of protections unless they are "politically neutral."
  • Google's 10th attempt at messaging is sure to succeed /s
  • Don't use SMS as a 2nd-factor authentication!!!
  • Pakistani Politicians in Cat Ears
  • Ant infestation on Twitter
  • Garlic Peeling FAKE NEWS


Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tool: Apollo 11 in Real-time
  • Jeff's Number: 3-hour Google holiday as Calendar goes down
  • Stacey's Thing: Olisto

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 20 June 2019 | 2:44 am


TWiG 512: That's a Lot of Baldur's Gate

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report
  • Who is Stadia for? Console Gamers.
  • New York Times is WRONG about Google News
  • Pixel 4 Leaked - by Google!
  • Google Bought 270 Companies Between 2001 and 2019
  • Should Sprint and T-Mobile be Allowed to Merge?
  • Half a Million Master Music Recordings Burned in 2008
  • RIP Maker Faire
  • Have I Been Pwnd: For Sale
  • Fortnite Buys Houseparty
  • Stop using ReCAPTCHA!
  • Chrome vs Ad Blockers

Tips and Picks

  • Leo's Tools: Better Place Forests, The Infinity Burial Suit
  • Jeff's Number: Facebook Watch claims 140m daily users
  • Kevin's Tip: Start using authentication apps in lieu of text message codes!

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 13 June 2019 | 3:01 am


TWiG 511: Where Do You Put the Naked People?

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

- YouTube takes down Crowder content

- YouTube recommendation engine problems

- Google Maps Rolling Out a New Speedometer Feature

- Symantec Twitter Bots

- Google to reveal Stadia pricing & launch on Thursday, June 6th live stream

- Regulating the Net is Regulating Us

This Week's Picks

- Dozens strip down outside Facebook office to protest nudity rules on the social network

- Nude models gather in NYC to protest Facebook and Instagram's female nipple ban

- Baratunde Thurston TED talk

- Lutron Aurora

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham, Jeff Jarvis, and Leo Laporte

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Posted on 6 June 2019 | 12:49 am


TWiG 510: Never Hug an Elmo

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Google's White Collar Sweatshop
  • Killing CDA 230 Would Kill the Internet
  • Musk's Starlink Satellites Could Kill Space Exploration
  • The US vs Huawei: This is How the US Economy Crashes
  • Google's Cold Fusion Experiment Fizzles
  • YouTube Blocks Microsoft Edge
  • Google Duplex is Made of People
  • Consumer Reports: Tesla's Self-Driving Cars Aren't.
  • Neal Stephenson thinks Social Media is a "Doomsday Machine"
  • How to Beat the Facebook Algorithm
  • A Quantum Random Number Generator
  • Jeff Jarvis Designs the Facebook Oversight Committee
  • The French Might have the Right Idea on How to Regulate Facebook
  • Should Facebook Take Down Drunk Pelosi?
  • Finland vs Fake News
  • Elizabeth Warren's Big Billboard
  • Zuck Can No Longer Visit Canada
  • Amazon Shareholders love Facial Recognition
  • Amazon to Kill off Small Business... on Amazon
  • Podcasts are a Billion Dollar Business in China
  • Pole Dancing Rats on the NY Subway

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tools: nextdns and the Million Pound Virus-laden Laptop
  • Jeff's Number: Trump's Tweets Drop to 0.16% Potency
  • Mathew's Stuff: Mona Lisa AI and Bill Hader Al Pacino Deep fake

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 30 May 2019 | 12:40 am


TWiG 509: The "Ocho"

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Google Glass is Back in Business
  • Huawei on the Ropes
  • Inside Google's Civil War
  • Flapjack: New Chromebook Tablets on the Way
  • Virtual Desks for Chromebooks
  • Qualcomm is Officially an Evil Monopoly
  • T-Mobile / Sprint Merger in Question
  • 5G vs Weather Prediction
  • Works With Nest Will Keep Working
  • Google Translatotron Translates in Your Own Voice
  • Wake up to Ninja Turtles
  • Wide Color Photos Coming to Android
  • Rufus Loves TWiG

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tool: Faux Rogan
  • Stacey's Thing: Wyze Bulbs and WyzeSense Sensors
  • Stacey's Thing 2: Pilates-ology
  • Kevin's Stuff: It's a good time to buy a capable mid-range Chromebook
  • Kevin's Stuff 2: Peloton Digital

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:46 pm