This Week in Google (MP3)

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 / 20:00 UTC.

  

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TWiG 530: Grippy Rubber Bottom

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • Pixel 4 is all about photography: Annie Leibovitz, Marc Levoy, and astrophotography
  • With the Pixelbook Go, Google puts style over substance
  • Google Nest Aware is the best panopticon money can buy
  • Google Stadia hopes that controllers shaped like knife handles will make you want to game
  • Abbey Road is the Beatles' best album. Fight me!
  • Google is all about Ambient Computing
  • Facebook + politics = BFFs 4evah
  • Issa Ray on Google Assistant
  • What is the next phase of Ambient computing? Presence
  • Things Google killed this week: Daydream, Clips, and Works With Nest
  • UK gives up on its attempt to block porn
  • Huawei, staggering under US sanctions, reports 25% sales growth over last year
  • Fortnite Chapter 2 takes video game marketing to the next level
  • The Vatican launches a click-to-pray rosary

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 17 October 2019 | 2:34 am


TWiG 529: You Can't Taste the Crickets

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • This Week's Stories
    • Why TWiT was down
    • Pixelbook Go is for Stadia
    • What should we do about Hong Kong?
    • Facebook vs truth in politics
    • Andy Rubin's new phone makes us feel uncomfortable
    • California legislates IoT security
    • Dark Mode comes to Maps, Books, Duo, Voice, and Play Store

  • Picks of the Week
    • Leo's Tool: Social Security Cards Issued by Woolworth
    • Jeff's Number: How much is the internet worth to you? The Fed wants to know.
    • Stacey's Thing: Orchestra Provisions Cricket Spices
    • Ant's Stuff: Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help With Pain Of Sickle Cell Disease

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

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Posted on 12 October 2019 | 2:44 am


TWiG 528: Hey Willie!

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Jeff thinks Dark Mode sucks!
  • Google Translate is being used to send people home at the border
  • Google news snippets are being censored in France
  • What do ISPs lose when Google implements encrypted DNS in Chrome?
  • Car crash detection on upcoming Pixel devices will be incredibly helpful
  • Pixel Buds may finally be receiving a refresh
  • Microsoft surprised everyone with the Android-based Surface Duo
  • Microsoft also showcased the new Surface Buds
  • Stacey discusses her favorite announcements from the Amazon event last week
  • Project Jacquard continues with a few new jackets by Levi's
  • Kamala Harris urges Twitter to drop Trump's account

Picks of the week

  • Jason's Tool: Recorder
  • Jeff's Number: Google can drink
  • Stacey's Thing: PlantNet
  • Ant's Thing: Airline Pilot Guy

Hosts: Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, Ant Pruitt, and Jason Howell

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Posted on 2 October 2019 | 9:37 pm


TWiG 527: Quantum Supremacy Achieved

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Whatever happened to Patch?
  • Amazon announces Echo in everything from earbuds to glasses to ovens
  • Do we trust Amazon?
  • Pixelbook Go looks underwhelming
  • Quantum Supremacy Achieved
  • Google wins the right to be forgotten case
  • Chrome update crashes Avid on Macs
  • ChromeOS 77 is here
  • Facebook Horizon will go nowhere
  • Facebook buys CTRL Labs
  • Facebook says politicians can say anything
  • Pop-up criminals busted
  • ImageNet Roulette
  • The Texas Instruments graphing calculator monopoly

Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tool: Sonos Move
  • Jeff's Number: FAANG stocks lost $58b in value after Trump smashed technology
  • Ant's Thing: Coffee house back home with a message
  • Kevin's Stuff: YouTube series. On Python. From... MICROSOFT?!?

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 26 September 2019 | 2:18 am


TWiG 526: All Stick No Carrot

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Pixel 4 event confirmed for October 15th, may include Pixelbook 2
  • Facebook announces its final rules for the Oversight Board.
  • Facebook Portal wants to take over your TV
  • Facebook wants to trademark the word "Book"
  • Google uses AI to diagnose skin cancer
  • Google launching new Nest Wi-Fi router with Google Assistant
  • Banning face recognition: pros and cons
  • Check out Triangulation #400 twit.tv/tri/400 for a great interview with the man behind San Francisco's face recognition ban
  • Google Fi Unlimited
  • Pixel 4 in Coral- or is it Cheeto?
  • Pixel 4 camera will feature astrophotography
  • The Last Apple Keynote
  • Government to Google: let employees talk about salary
  • Richard Stallman quits MIT and FSF
  • What if all the proposed tech regulations passed? Jeff Jarvis has the ultimate dystopian view

Tips and Picks

  • Leo's Tool: Write with Transformer
  • Jeff's Numbers: Wearable chair, save 50% on Pixel 3
  • Stacey's Things: Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel 80th Anniversary, Woodinville Whiskey Co.
  • Ant's Wholesome Stuff: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Next Week

  • Kevin Tofel will be on TWiG next week with a look at what we are expecting from the Pixelbook 2, so come back next week, or Subscribe at TWiT.tv/subscribe so you don't miss it.

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

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 1:01 am


TWiG 525: Looking for Mr. Goodswipe

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • 48 States and 2 territories investigate Google over antitrust accusations.
  • Amazon and antitrust: how much control do these giant companies have over us, and how much do we get back in return?
  • Pixel 4 leak full videos
  • New Pixel 4 features
  • Pixel 4 Motion Mode and Portrait Mode
  • Pixel 4 pricing rumors
  • Apple Watch 5 shows how far behind Android Wear has fallen
  • Will we get a new Pixelbook in October? Do we need one?
  • Dogs with sticks
  • Instagram privacy issues
  • Facebook Dating launches in America
  • MIT Media Lab tries to crawl out from the Epstein wreckage
  • HiQ vs LinkedIn on public scraping
  • Samsung Fold Hits Korea
  • Hong Kong Protesters crowdsource a new national anthem

Hosts: Jeff Jarvis, Ant Pruitt, and Jason Howell

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Posted on 12 September 2019 | 2:10 am


TWiG 524: Y'all Good?

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Android 10 arrives for Pixel phones
  • YouTube pays $170 Million to settle child privacy complaints
  • Google secretly gives your personal data to advertisers using cookie syncing
  • Ad tech will destroy podcasting as we know it
  • Half of all state Attorneys General probing Google
  • Social Media #ChickenSandwichWars wipe out US chicken supplies
  • Google Sidewalk Labs teams up with Ontario teachers to finance infrastructure projects
  • USB 4 - a standard, or a "standard"?
  • XKCD.com hacked!
  • Are filter bubbles real, and does Google abuse them? (No and no)
  • Facebook tests hiding likes
  • Dorian tweets
  • Are Chromebooks dying too young?
  • Jack hacked! Hitgirl too! Twitter responds by killing SMS tweeting.
  • Gmail can now warn co-workers not to send you email while you're on vacation

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: YourThings from Georgia Tech and UNC
  • Jeff's Numbers: Project Jaquard's $877 Backpack Strap, and $70 off Facebook Portal

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 3:03 am


TWiG 523: Pretty Fly for a Fi Guy

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • Android Q: No Dessert for You
  • Levandowski indicted for Google self-driving theft
  • Should you buy a Pixel 3a or wait for the Pixel 4?
  • Google and Dell team up on an enterprise laptop
  • How WYSIWIG was named
  • Google moves Pixel 3a manufacturing to Vietnam
  • Google bans internal politics
  • YouTube Kids preschool content filters
  • Facebook tightens transparency rules for political ads
  • You have the right to be surveilled
  • The new privacy fundamentalism
  • Copyright maximalists ruin intellectual property
  • Harvard freshman denied entry to the US for other people's social media posts


Picks of the Week

  • Leo's Tools: r/MaybeMaybeMaybe, RIP KFOG
  • Jeff's Numbers: Google's big tent roof, Google's plan for San José
  • Stacey's Thing: New York Times Mexican Martini Recipe
  • Mathew's Stuff: Reddit Randonauts

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 29 August 2019 | 2:35 am


TWiG 522: The Corgi Parade

This Week in Google (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • The WeWork IPO is a harbinger of recession
  • IKEA's IoT Future
  • Deepfakes: don't believe your eyes
  • Nest Cameras' Green Light is Always On
  • Goodbye Works With Nest, Hello Google Home
  • The Ballad of Dev Null
  • Google Nest Hub Max coming September 9th
  • The All-Google IoT home
  • The Media Lab Epstein Connection
  • Impossible Whopper is not Keto-Friendly
  • Oldest continuous webcam is going dark
  • So is nola.com
  • A majority of Google searches lead to no clicks
  • Google did not shift votes to Clinton

Picks of the week:

  • Jeff's Number: Google's plan to clean up Hanger 1 on 101
  • Stacey's Thing: Phyn
  • Leo's Reminder: You don't have to worry about Instagram taking your photos
  • Karsten's Fan Video: Jeff Jarvis the Chromebook Guy by Ziv Zulander

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 22 August 2019 | 12:54 am