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.

  

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TWiG 499: Monopolopsony

This Week in Google (Audio)

Tech News

  • Foursquare Still Tracks Your Every Movement
  • IBM Used Your Flickr Photos to Train Its Facial Recognition
  • Facebook's "Privacy Pivot" Is Anything But
  • Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Big Tech
  • Google Will Unveil "The Future of Gaming" Next Week
  • Google's Hardware Plans Look Grim
  • Amazon Wants to Buy the Yankees Network
  • RIP Google Allo
  • Android Q Beta is Here!

Picks of the Week:

  • Leo's Tool: Have a Nice Day on Audible Originals
  • Jeff's Number: Howard Stern Comes Again hits #1 on Amazon on its first day
  • Stacey's Thing: Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 14 March 2019 | 2:55 am


TWiG 498: Former TV Guide Critic

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • The Best Samsung Galaxy S10+ You Can Buy: First Look
  • Facebook Pivots to Privacy
  • Saudi Women Tracking App Might Not Be So Bad After All
  • Google's Dragonfly is Dead
  • Waymo's Lidar Play
  • Google's Privacy-Focused AI Framework
  • AI Will Be Better Than Us at Understanding the "Incomprehensible Intricacy of our Everyday World."

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tools: Rotimatic, Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Buds
  • Jeff's Number: Great thread on German/European publishers' attempts to use copyright and political capital for protectionism through the ages
  • Stacey's Things: Amazon Newsletter, Party With Stacey at SXSW!

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 7 March 2019 | 3:56 am


TWiG 497: Hermione Said So

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Foldable Phones: is $2000 Too Much?
  • All the Other Wacky Phones at MWC 2019
  • HoloLens 2 and the Cloud
  • Our Heads-Up Display Future
  • 5G at MWC 2019: When is 5G Really Coming?
  • Congress Wants a Word With Google
  • Google vs Oracle Might be Coming Back
  • How Do You Pronounce Amicus?
  • Huawei: Threat or Menace?
  • Lighthouse Goes Out of Business
  • Suicide Tips in YouTube Kids
  • Worst Job in Tech: Facebook Moderator
  • Facebook Knows When You are Menstruating
  • Facebook Kills its VPN Under Protest
  • Ray Ozzie Will Make All Your IoT Devices Secure
  • Assistant on Messenger
  • Biometric ID on Android Apps
  • Google AI Grammar Checker on G Suite
  • FedEx Robots Coming this Summer
  • SEC Wants Elon Musk Held in Contempt over Tweets

Picks of the Week:

  • Ant's Stuff: How to Be Black, Everyday People Talking about Everyday S***, and Premiere Tutorials on •
  • Stacey's Thing: A World Without Clouds
  • Leo's Plea: Open call to anyone at Google who watches TWiG: Can we get on a YouTube takedown whitelist?

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 28 February 2019 | 3:55 am


TWiG 496: Jeff Gives It a Pass

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold Will Replace Your Computer
  • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds
  • YouTube Advertisers Flee Over Pedophilia
  • New YouTube Strike System
  • Articles 11 and 13 are About to Pass
  • Conspiracy Theories on YouTube and Pinterest
  • Nest's "Not" Secret Microphone is just the tip of the surveillance iceberg in your house.
  • Google Doesn't Block Ad Blockers
  • Google's GDC Keynote
  • Concerns over AI text and image generation
  • Uber Sues NYC
  • Carlton Fails to Sue Fortnite
  • Amazon takes its ball and goes home
  • Amazon Pays No Income Tax

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Thing: Checklist for Moving Out of a Smart Home
  • Jeff's Number: Top social accounts and platforms by interactions
  • Leo's Tool: Credder

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 21 February 2019 | 12:22 am


TWiG 495: Get Yourself a Harvard Man

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Articles 11 and 13 are Back & Worse than Ever
  • What if Google Won't Pay Fines?
  • Amazon Buys Eero: Is this the Panopticon
  • Apple's Plans to Screw Over Publishers
  • Life Without Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft
  • NYPD Hates Waze
  • Should Facebook Ban Anti-Vaxxers?
  • Google to Open Offices in 24 States
  • Google Wins at the 2019 Oscars

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Hubitat Evolution
  • Jeff's Number: Mars Opportunity dies after 14 Years of Service
  • Leo's Tool: WebsiteVoice

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 14 February 2019 | 1:55 am


TWiG 494: Commodified

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • I Made Queso!
  • Spotify Buys Gimlet and Anchor
  • Facebook at 15
  • Why Publishing Died
  • Alphabet Q1 Earnings
  • Verily Opens Opioid Rehab, Makes Smart Shoes
  • Marshmello's Fortnite Concert
  • Chrome Password Checker Extension
  • Google Makes Audio More Accessible
  • Assistant Coming to Nest Security
  • Detecting Fake Audio

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Airhelp
  • Stacey's Tip: Change your Nest password!
  • Jeff's Number: 1/3 of advertisers shift from Google/FB to Amazon
  • Leo's Tool: Doodle for Google

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 7 February 2019 | 1:31 am


TWiG 493: The Dork Face Problem

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Google IO dates are announced.
  • Features for Android Q include a new face-detection API.
  • Google makes a big hire that is all about bringing Fuchsia to market.
  • Gmail for Android gets a redesign but it still isn't Inbox.
  • What happens when you cut every piece of Google out of your life?
  • Apple took a number of internal Facebook apps offline.
  • Google's Sidewalk Labs will turn cities into actual Sim cities.
  • Charges against Huawei could have major implications for trade.
  • Xiaomi's foldable display video is interesting, but its not the future.

Picks of the Week:

  • Jason's tip: Use a non-Pixel phone for Chromebook Instant Tethering.
  • Jeff's number: Members of congress have two Twitter accounts.
  • Mike's tool: Newsguard can sniff out fake news sites for you.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Mike Elgan

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Posted on 31 January 2019 | 1:38 am


TWiG 492: What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Viral

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • France fines Google €50M for GDPR violations, Google appeals.
  • Amazon issues workers vests to keep robots from harming them.
  • Millions of mortgage docs leak online.
  • Viacom buys Pluto TV for $340M.
  • Microsoft Edge mobile browser alerts users to fake news.
  • Google buys Fossil smartwatch tech.
  • Google powers US data centers with 1.6 million solar panels.
  • Facebook wants to attract teens to its new LOL meme hub.
  • OPEN Government Data Act becomes law.
  • China confirms that scientist He Jiankui used CRISPR to gene-edit babies.
  • Chinese app encourages users to shame debtors near them.
  • How good are you at detecting phishing emails? Try this quiz!

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Things: @Hourly Fox and KonMari your IoT gadgets
  • Jeff's Number: 11 countries hate Article 11

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 24 January 2019 | 1:44 am


TWiG 491: A Faust Without a Devil

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Facebook's 10 Year Photo Challenge: Threat or Menace?
  • The Best of the Rest at CES 2019
  • Google and WordPress Make News
  • Who is Watching Your Doorbell Videos?
  • The Google Changelog: RCS Comes to Fi
  • All Hail the Egg!
  • Galaxy S10 Launches 2/20
  • Bird Sent a Cease-and-Desist to the WRONG Person.

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 16 January 2019 | 11:40 pm