This Week in Google (Audio)

by TWiT

Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, Ant Pruitt, and their guests talk about the latest Google and cloud computing news. Records live every Wednesday at 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.

  

Latest Episodes

TWiG 600: Jalapeño - Facebook calls truce in Australia, Pixel saves a man's life, Fry's is done, Gamestop doubles again

  • Facebook to reverse news ban on Australian sites, government to make amendments to media bargaining code
  • Murdoch's law and the net
  • GameStop shares soar more than 100% amid executive shuffle
  • Trump reportedly appealed to FB Oversight Board
  • Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business
  • Taco Bell chicken sandwich/taco! Pickled jalapeño > pickle
  • A second Google A.I. researcher says the company fired her
  • Why did I leave Google or, why did I stay so long?
  • Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say
  • Biden admin plans executive order to address chip-shortage woes
  • Google Pixel phone saved an unconscious man from being trapped in an overturned vehicle for hours
  • Google-linked smart city plan ditched in Portland
  • Samsung now updates Android for longer than Google does
  • It's the End of an Era: Fry's Calls It Quits
  • Birders fighting over celeb birds on Twitter
  • Dorsey says Twitter needs to go all-in on subs
  • California can finally enforce its landmark net neutrality law, judge rules
  • YouTube to Let Parents Set Up Supervised Accounts for Kids Under 13
  • Google surfacing lightweight HTML5 games in Discover, Chrome around the world
  • Android's latest update will let you schedule texts, secure your passwords, and more
  • Apple TV App Is Now Available on Chromecast With Google TV
  • Jetpack Compose enters beta, making Android UI development easier
  • Google is bringing games to Android Auto, and no, it's not Stadia
  • Google Calendar now lets you set split working hours, repeating OOO entries
  • Google Chat website getting a Gmail-like redesign with Hangouts-style chat windows

Picks:

  • Stacey: Ting Fire Safety
  • Jeff: The music industry makes more money but has more mouths to feed
  • Ant: "W" is for Whack
  • Leo: Lena @ Things Of Interest

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 25 February 2021 | 5:25 am


TWiG 599: You Lost Me at Zucchini - Google's News Corp deal, Facebook pulls news from Australia, Android Snow Cone

  • Google and News Corp sign global multiyear licensing deal
  • Google proposes way for Fuchsia OS to run Android and Linux programs 'natively'
  • Android 12 "Snow Cone": Everything we know so far about Google's next big update!
  • Leo is losing interest in Android
  • Microsoft tried to acquire Pinterest, FT reports
  • Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, cutting into Windows market share
  • France fines Google 1.1 million euros over hotel rankings practices
  • Waymo begins robo-taxi tests in San Francisco
  • Facebook pulls news out of News Feed in Australia
  • Feta shortage
  • Supermicro Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier Over Years
  • Nothing owns the Essential brand
  • Security bugs left unpatched in Android app with one billion downloads
  • Verizon $6b bid to buy Tracfone
  • AT&T scrambles to install fiber for 90-year-old after his viral WSJ ad | Ars Technica
  • A new video editor, plus enhanced editing features
  • YouTube TV will add 4K streaming, more simultaneous streams for an additional price
  • Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet, and other online education tools
  • Google bringing Material Design to the web in a significant way with WordPress plugin
  • Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app
  • Google Play Store can now share apps and updates with nearby devices
  • Fitbit smartwatches and trackers are now sold at the Google Store
  • Google Assistant unofficially comes to Windows, macOS w/ useful custom client
  • Google Prompt 2FA UI on Android gets much-needed dark theme

Picks:

  • Stacey: PeakFinder
  • Leo: Pinboard
  • Jeff: 9k comments to FBOB on Trump ban
  • Ant: Apex Percussion on YouTube

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 18 February 2021 | 5:41 am


TWiG 598: I'm Not a Cat - Breaking down social silos, TikTok sale on hold, home-made COVID vaccine

  • Scandinavian YouTube Responds to GM's Will Ferrell Super Bowl Ad.
  • Reddit's 5-second Superbowl ad.
  • Twitter results: $1b quarter; warns of user slowdown coming.
  • Bluesky: @Jack envisions an app store for social-media algos.
  • The EU looks set to follow Australia's lead by demanding Google and Facebook pay for news articles.
  • Amazon-box birthday cake.
  • TikTok Sale to Oracle, Walmart Is Shelved as Biden Reviews Security.
  • Pink's 9-year-old daughter Willow's singing debut.
  • TikTok and Universal Music Unveil 'Expanded Global Alliance'
  • Making Vaccine - LessWrong.
  • How This New Yorker Created a Vaccine Appointment Website for $50.
  • Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say.
  • Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments.
  • 23andMe Goes Public as $3.5 Billion Company With Branson Aid.
  • 20% of requests for Wikimedia Commons are for one image of a flower.
  • Google taps your phone cameras to measure your heart rate.
  • Google adds Out to Play memory collection for parents.
  • Google photo adds pinch-to-zoom for videos.
  • Google will delete your Play Music library later this month, emailing out final warning.
  • Google rolling out Cast firmware 1.52 to Nest Hub, Max: New Alarms UI, Sunrise, Zoom, and more.
  • Google rolling out new Pixel Buds firmware 553 update.

Picks:

  • Stacey: Shelly Motion Sensor.
  • Jeff: TIkTok trend report.
  • Ant: 'I'm Not a Cat,' Says Lawyer Having Zoom Filter Difficulties.
  • Ant: Shout out to Erica Joy Baker for her appearance on Jeopardy!

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 11 February 2021 | 4:15 am


TWiG 597: Count Robhgien Ruomorf Laetsew - Alphabet Earnings, Ford Gets Android Automotive, Jeff Bezos Steps Down

  • Google and Ford sign six-year tie-up
  • Alphabet revenue up 23%; YouTube up 47%; cloud lost $5.6b
  • Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus
  • New Jarvis post on scissors editors and the Australian news legislation
  • Microsoft backs Australia's proposed laws that would force Google, Facebook to pay local media for content
  • Huawei's HarmonyOS: "Fake it till you make it" meets OS development
  • Chromebook demand has grown by over 4x during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pixel Slate removed from Google Store
  • Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users, avoiding new pop-up warning
  • Google to pay $3.8m to settle discrimination lawsuits
  • How do Google and Apple stack up against each other in racial justice?
  • Facebook's 'Oversight Board' overturns 4 cases in first rulings
  • Facebook develops bad-news-avoidance tool for advertisers
  • Bezos stepping down/up at CEO -> executive chair
  • The Relentless Jeff Bezos
  • Seed Investments in Insurrection
  • Parler CEO John Matze says he's been terminated by board: 'I did not participate in this decision'
  • Sinofsky speaks! Former Microsoft exec to publish memoirs online
  • February security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live
  • Google Meet adds a green room so you can primp
  • Google Search links getting 'About this result' panel with website information
  • YouTube will have a new 'BHM' logo every week for Black History Month
  • Google Play allowing Android gambling and betting apps in more countries, including US
  • Android TV homescreen gets another revamp, this time w/ some Google TV goodness
  • Android 'Phone Hub' begins arriving in Chrome OS for a select few
  • Uber buying Drizly for $1.1b
  • Clubhouse's moment arrives

Picks:

  • Stacey: Alternatives to Wink hub
  • Jeff: Ben Evans' annual slideshow extravaganza
  • Ant: VERY HAPPY and PROUD Moment #hardhead

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 4 February 2021 | 4:47 am


TWiG 596: Squeezing the Shorts - Gamestop stock and Reddit, $60 Ring doorbell, Goodbye Loon, Nextdoor

  • Put Bernie Anywhere!
  • Online trading platforms see a surge in usage as Redditors take on Wall Street
  • Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising
  • Google says it may have found a privacy-friendly substitute to cookies
  • Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper
  • Ring launches $60 entry doorbell
  • Google's puritanical algo censors .ass
  • Alphabet Pops Loon's Balloons—but Won't Call It a Failure
  • Google will turn some of its offices into COVID-19 vaccination sites
  • Letter from Susan: Our 2021 Priorities
  • Referring Former President Trump's Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
  • YouTube extends Trump's suspension for a second time
  • Facebook says it will dial down politics
  • Dept. of Unintended Consequences: Ad bans hurting campaigns
  • Latest Twitter acquisition: newsletter platform Revue
  • Twitter opening up archive to researchers for free
  • Twitter establishes Birdwatch: crowdsourced flagging and checking of tweets
  • @jack's @bluesky releases ecosystem status report
  • Google 'My Activity' page gets rare web dark theme on mobile and desktop
  • Google redesigns mobile Search on Android and iOS to be easier to read
  • Chrome now hides notification content when screen sharing to keep alerts private
  • Chrome OS 88 rolling out Smart Display-like screen saver with Google Photos, weather
  • YouTube.com is now available to install as a Progressive Web App
  • Google Lens for Android rolling out offline translate capability
  • Google Photos for Android gets tablet-optimized interface
  • Stacey's forebears: Westinghouse Total Electric Home
  • Sony announces the Xperia Pro smartphone with a dedicated HDMI input for $2,499.99
  • Google Maps on Android Automotive gets better at planning EV charging stops

Picks:

  • Stacey: Hilda on Netflix
  • Jeff: Fall of Silicon Valley
  • Ant: The GizFiz
  • Leo: Model 100 Portable Computer Kit by READY! Computer Corporation

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 28 January 2021 | 4:49 am


TWiG 595: Welcome to the Fetaverse - POTUS transition on Twitter, Brave adds IPFS, Bernie mitten memes

  • President pardons ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski
  • The reset of presidential Twitter accounts
  • A notable drop in misinformation attributed to Twitter's Trump ban
  • Google cuts off another AI expert in the company
  • Google Research report shows its accomplishments in AI
  • Google tests blocking news from search in Australia
  • youtube-dl reinstated thanks to the EFF
  • U.S. judge in Facebook antitrust lawsuits sets March, April deadlines for responses
  • Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law
  • Cory Doctorow on the Deplatforming of the (former) President
  • TikTok users make Bridgerton, the Musical
  • Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb"
  • Biden Has a Peloton Bike. That Raises Issues at the White House
  • Biden SEC pick is no stranger to crypto
  • Trump administration adds China's Comac, Xiaomi to Chinese military blacklist
  • In hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders
  • Brave becomes first browser to add native support for the IPFS protocol
  • Developer Makes Interactive Map of Parler Videos From Capitol Hill Riots
  • MIT review has a guide to ethical online investigation
  • Bernie mitten memes!
  • Chrome 88 rolling out with a number of changes
  • Gmail now lets you resize Google Chat, Rooms in the web sidebar
  • Google cuts off acceess for Chromium browsers to sync, other services
  • The Google Play Store adds icons to show chart position changes
  • Google rolling out Winter Seasonal Savings to Nest Thermostats
  • Google previewing new Nest Hub alarms with more customization, tones, and 'Sunrise'
  • Google Maps making streets, nature much more detailed
  • Google Store stops selling the two-year-old Pixel USB-C earbuds
  • Stadia's new State Share features lands with the release of Hitman 3
  • The Complete List of Trump's Twitter Insults (2015-2021)
  • Malwarebytes says it was hacked by group that breached SolarWinds, via Azure and Office 365 exploits
  • Trump seeks to curb foreign cyber meddling on last day in office
  • Pocket Casts is up for sale nearly three years after acquisition by public radio consortium

Picks:

  • Ant: Thank you to the Heroes image
  • Stacey: $10 GE grow light
  • Jeff: Digital reading exploded during the pandemic
  • Jeff: Netflix has reached 200 million customers

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 21 January 2021 | 4:08 am


TWiG 594: Chastity Does Not Come Cheap - Tech reaction to DC insurrection, CES 2021, sea-shanty TikTok

  • A look at Sea-shanty TikTok!
  • How Twitter, YouTube, Parler, Amazon, and AirBnB responded to DC insurrection
  • Jeff Jarvis talks about Parler and Trump on BBC
  • Angela Merkel does not agree with Twitter deplatforming Trump
  • Is Leo missing anything by not being on Twitter?
  • Mike Masnick weighs in on Twitter's Trump ban
  • The cybersecurity scenario from the DC riot is a nightmare
  • The Digital Consumer Electronics Show 2021 is just not the same
  • TCL shows off its rollable and scrollable prototypes
  • LG gives a release date for its rollable device
  • Razer unveils a smart mask that is quite innovative
  • Android Auto to gain wallpaper support
  • Guest Mode, aka Incognito Mode, is out on Assistant speakers
  • Google fixes a bug in its Android COVID-19 API
  • Google Meet now has a troubleshooting menu
  • YouTube includes a new hashtag section
  • Google Maps shows a 2020 Timeline update
  • Weber has acquired smart oven maker June
  • WhatsApp exodus leads to spike in users for Signal
  • Craig Newmark funds Commission on Information Disorder
  • Former Trump cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs hired by SolarWinds
  • Github fired an employee for warning co-workers about Nazis
  • Quibi sold for less than $100M to Roku

Picks:

  • Mathew: My new favorite word
  • Jeff: $428b in shopping returns
  • Ant: Tourbox NEO

Photo by Kyle Mills on Unsplash

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 14 January 2021 | 5:06 am


TWiG 593: That's Not Sweet Tea - Google employees unionize, Twitter locks Trump's account, vaccine source code

  • Google employees move toward unionizing.
  • Facebook and Twitter remove President Trump's speech.
  • Google Nest has new security cameras coming in 2021.
  • Nest Hub will likely have Soli radar functionality.
  • Amazon is prepping a sleep apnea device using millimeter-wave radar.
  • Leo is getting the Bose Sleepbuds II.
  • Twitter buys social audio app Breaker.
  • Ratatouille the Musical earns $1 million.
  • Twitter is relaunching its verification system.
  • Reverse engineering the COVID vaccine source code.
  • 2020 was a good year for publishing.
  • Google Docs gets Smart Compose.
  • Wear OS will support third-party Tiles.
  • Google Podcasts on the web adds subscription feeds.
  • January Pixel phone update improves auto-brightness.
  • Chrome OS Camera will support QR code scanning.
  • Samsung announces its Galaxy S21 event for this month.
  • Julian Assange's extradition to the US is blocked.
  • Bean Dad and his apology.
  • Why is Jack Ma lying low?
  • AI is getting really good at drawing things from words.
  • Jeff's post-Section 230 dystopia.

Picks of the week:

  • Stacey: Aquanta water heater controller
  • Jeff: 2020 2as the unhappiest year on Twitter in 12 years.
  • Ant: Take a look at this awesome Snowflake photography!

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 7 January 2021 | 3:49 am


TWiG 592: Hats on Sticks - Origins of Reddit, Substack and the future of journalism, Amazon buys Wondery

  • Boston Dynamics robots do a little dance.
  • Google brings TikTok and Instafram into its video carousel.
  • TikTok Ratatouille musical tickets are for sale.
  • Reddit is buying Dubsmash to compete with TikTok.
  • Amazon is buying podcast network Wondery.
  • An album entitled "Okay Google Play Music"
  • How trustworthy are news sources anymore?
  • A debate around the role of content production.
  • Google Cloudprint is no longer.
  • Google Store now has a subscriptions section.
  • Android Smart Selection has a new conversion function.
  • Google removed ultra-wide astrophotography from the Pixel 5.
  • Google Photos has a "year in review" story.
  • Google Assistant sings a New Year song. And it is bad.
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 leaks.
  • Substack author is making a million dollars.
  • The glut of content between podcasts and newsletters.

Picks:

  • Stacey - Hoobs.
  • Jeff - Where are tech workers moving?
  • Ant - Canvas on Netflix.

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 31 December 2020 | 3:56 am