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 478: When a Doorbell Rings, a Roti Gets its Wings

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Leo's Pixel 3 has arrived and he takes us through a quick overview.
  • YouTube went down - oh no!
  • Google Home Hub vs. the Lenovo Smart Display.
  • Facebook Portal - How can Leo cancel his order?
  • Google vs. EU • Morgan on Twitter has some thoughts on G+, you don't want to miss this!
  • Waymo's self-driving car got into an accident, and it wasn't very reported.
  • Facebook's hack wasn't as widespread as it was originally reported.
  • Facebook might have an idea who was behind the breach, but the FBI says don't talk!
  • Amazon has some new APIs for Echo devices.

Picks of the Week:

  • Kevin's Stuff: Outline
  • Stacey's Things: The Helm

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 18 October 2018 | 3:37 am


TWiG 477: Rotimatic

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Kevin Tofel has the Pixel 3 XL, and gives us his first impressions. #1: Best. Photos. Ever.
  • Pixel Slate: should you dump your laptop and get this?
  • Google Home Hub: simplifying the smart home.
  • Facebook Portal: now Facebook has a camera that can follow your every move.
  • Everything we now know about Bloomberg's Chinese spy chip story
  • Google+ is dead. Could anything have saved it?
  • Amazon kills bonuses, discriminates against women.
  • Essential's next act: a phone that send AI-written texts for you.
  • Netflix buys its own studio.
  • The heroes archiving the internet.

Picks of the Week:

  • Jeff's Number: The illegal food economy on Facebook
  • Kevin's Stuff: Anki Vector Robot
  • Stacey's Things: Suggestic precision eating app and Party Down on Starz

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 10 October 2018 | 11:54 pm


TWiG 476: Warm and Defeated

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • 20 Years of Google
  • Google Assistant gets a makeover
  • Instagram "reality"
  • Assassin's Creed streaming in Chrome
  • So, so many leaks
  • US DOJ vs CA on Net Neutrality
  • "AI written" ads

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Pick: Won't You Be My Neighbor
  • Mike's Thing: Lite Apps List
  • Mathew's Stuff: Tim Berners-Lee's new company

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Mike Elgan and Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 4 October 2018 | 2:38 am


TWiG 475: The Missiles Are Incoming. Poop!

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • A sneak peek at the Nocturne Pixelbook tablet
  • Chrome 69's "forced login" will be optional in Chrome 70
  • Tech giants want federal privacy laws
  • Splitting the Internet between China and the US
  • Instagram and WhatsApp founders on why they left Facebook
  • Big changes to Google search, Messages, and Maps
  • What is a "Minimal Turing Test," and how can you beat it?
  • Oculus Quest brings wire-free VR to your face for $399
  • Amazon is taking over the Internet of Things

Picks of the Week

  • Kevin's Stuff: Pi Hole and free Back in the USSR demo
  • Stacey's Things: The Constant Consumer and Find My Android

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 27 September 2018 | 12:40 am


TWiG 474: Octothorpe: Life

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Pixel 3: Black, white, mint, and pink?
  • Google Home Hub leaks
  • October is going to be a huge month for new phones: Google, Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and more
  • Google remotely changes setting on Pie phones
  • Google Smart Reply wants to spread the love
  • Android is coming to a car near you
  • Google and T-Mobile team up to solve 911 location tracking
  • New Mexico sues Google for collecting data on kids
  • Google employees quit over China plans
  • Path is shutting down

Picks of the Week

  • Ant's Stuff: Hurricane Florence relief
  • Jeff's Number: half of all calls will be spam by 2019
  • Jason's Tool: Bouncer

Hosts: Jason Howell and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 20 September 2018 | 12:25 am


TWiG 473: Roofs and Drawers

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Inbox is out.
  • Google's October 9th event is official.
  • Pixel rumors: is there a 3rd, let-to-be-leaked phone?
  • What does "reasonable IoT security" mean to California lawmakers?
  • Alphabet's Loon floating internet takes flight in a new test.
  • Breitbart vs Google
  • Is Qualcomm's new Android Wear chip too little, too late?
  • USB-C headphone dongles are still awful, now a bit more expensive.

Tips and Picks:

  • Kevin's Tip: Use a security key with your Chromebook with every log-in
  • Stacey's Thing: Brilliant Switch
  • Jason's Tip: How to activate multilingual support in Google Assistant

Hosts: Jason Howell, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 13 September 2018 | 2:38 am


TWiG 472: The Tea Algorithm

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Big Government takes on Big Tech; Google sits it out
  • Pixel 3 hits the FCC, and the back of a taxi
  • Hoping for a Pixel Watch? I have some bad news...
  • Google vs the URL
  • Amazon: the Buzz Aldrin of Trillion dollar companies
  • 20 years of Google

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Lumos Sleep Mask
  • Mathew's Stuff: Twitter becoming more "conversational"
  • Jason's Tool: Google Titan security key

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Jason Howell

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 5 September 2018 | 11:08 pm


TWiG 471: Twitch Slap

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Trump says Google is unfair, warns that tech companies "better be careful"
  • FCC can legally redefine competitive broadband markets to include services you can't actually get
  • Google France Surrenders its Google+ Page
  • Want to Buy a Black Market Ukranian Pixel 3 XL?
  • Fortnite Creator Angry that Google Blabbed About Security Flaw
  • IGTV Struggles to Grow
  • CHANGELOG: Doodle 4 Google winner, helping vets find jobs, Google Go can read text out loud, Mini stickers for Gboard

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Smart Olive Bottle
  • Leo's Tool: Dumb Squeeze Bottles
  • Jeff's Number: LTE for Pixelbook 2

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 29 August 2018 | 11:44 pm


TWiG 470: Sparkle Vamps

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Data and Society's Joan Donovan tells us how to stop online hate.
  • Leo explains why Google's location history tracking policy is a big deal.
  • Google is working on its own Amazon Show competitor.
  • NYU is giving Facebook 10,000 anonymized MRI scans to help train its AI systems.
  • At the Hot Chips conference, Google's Pixel Visual Core and AMD's chip roadmap are all the rage.
  • Facebook wants to rate how trustworthy you are to fight fake news
  • Changelog: new Google Fit and some good news
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about the Pixel 3 XL - in Russian!
  • Google's Shortwave could change podcasting forever.

Picks of the Week:

  • Joan's Stuff: Antisocial Media by Siva Vaidhanathan and Custodians of the Internet by Tarleton Gillespie
  • Stacey's Thing: Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel
  • Leo's Pick: Apple History on Triangulation

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Joan Donovan

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Posted on 23 August 2018 | 1:39 am