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 / 20:00 UTC.

  

Latest Episodes

TWiG 616: Leave It to Beaver - Disinformation, Memes, Twitter's anti-abuse tools, TikTok at VidCon

  • Can Disinformation Be Stopped?
  • Lina Khan Named F.T.C. Chair by Biden
  • Proposed antitrust bills would ban Apple from preinstalling its own iOS apps
  • Regulator v regulator: German government cooperates with Google on health boxes; media regulator objects
  • Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody
  • Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android
  • Google Meet adding second screen 'Companion Mode' experience
  • Google abandons experiment to show simplified domain URLs in Chrome
  • Google letting Fiber TV box customers upgrade to free Chromecast with Google TV
  • YouTube TV giving subscribers free TiVo Stream 4K or Chromecast w/ Google TV amid Roku battle
  • You can now add a Coinbase card to Google Pay and pay in crypto
  • New York Senate Passes Electronics Right-to-Repair Legislation
  • Using Facebook Actually Reduces Ethnic Tension, New Study Finds
  • Prince's 'Welcome 2 America,' an Unreleased Album, Is Due Out in July
  • The web's source code is being auctioned as an NFT by inventor Tim Berners-Lee
  • Bitcoin Taproot upgrade: what it means
  • Twitter is eyeing new anti-abuse tools to give users more control over mentions
  • Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews
  • TikTok takes over the top sponsor spot at VidCon, edging out YouTube

Picks:

  • Ant - Auntie Bev on TikTok: @yourtimeyourshine
  • Ant - Lupin on Netflix
  • Ant - Congress passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday
  • Jeff - Seeding by Ceding by MacKenzie Scott
  • Joan - If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore
  • Joan - Meme War Weekly

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt

Guest: Joan Donovan

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Posted on 17 June 2021 | 4:35 am


TWiG 615: Bob is Unimpressed - Bezos in space, Twitter Blue, Biden gives TikTok a pass, FaceTime on Android

  • FBI and Australian police ran an encrypted chat platform to catch criminal gang
  • In Response to Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit
  • Facebook reverses policy protecting politicians from engaging in harmful speech
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change
  • Twitter Blue paid subscription service launches with special features
  • How TikTok's algorithm seems to work
  • WWDC 2021: What Apple's HomeKit strategy means for the smart home
  • Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat
  • FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web
  • Will Apple Mail threaten the newsletter boom?
  • The 1619 Project
  • Google boosts Android privacy protections in attempt to rival Apple
  • Google News Showcase Targeted by Germany Antitrust Chief Andreas Mundt
  • Google's new subsea cable handles data surge between US, Brazil, Argentina
  • Android 12 Beta 2: Google's Privacy focus arrives with camera/mic shutoffs, dashboard, more
  • Google unveils $99 Pixel Buds A-Series with upgraded connectivity, no volume swipe gesture
  • Related: Google fixed the frustrating audio cutouts on Pixel Buds A-Series — Here's how
  • Stadia is coming to Chromecast w/ Google TV and select Android TV devices on June 23
  • Chromecast with Google TV update adds 'Stadia support,' improves Bluetooth latency, more
  • June Pixel Feature Drop: Astrophotography video, Photos Locked Folder, and more
  • Google pulls the plug on ARCore-powered 'Measure' app; no longer available to new users
  • Google Nest Hub & Hub Max get a more feature-rich browser complete with keyboard
  • Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility
  • Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions
  • Jeff Bezos and his brother will fly on Blue Origin's first human spaceflight with auction winner
  • Is the viral banana-peel 'bacon' worth the hype? We made it, and we're not convinced
  • Feds recover more than $2 million in ransomware payments from Colonial Pipeline hackers
  • El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after passing law

Picks:

  • Stacey - Nanoleaf Element First Look
  • Jeff - Oxford University Press to end centuries of tradition by closing its printing arm
  • Jeff - Lego typewriter #1
  • Ant - Grandpa's description of selfie he took in 1952 blows away the internet: 'A pioneer'
  • Ant - Babyshark, no not THAT Babyshark
  • Ant - PLANTastic POT HEADS

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

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Posted on 10 June 2021 | 5:19 am


TWiG 614: Swipe Down For Frog - Amazon Sidewalk, ZenBooths, Trump on Facebook, UK cookie guidance

  • Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors
  • New UK Cookie Guidance changes everything
  • Google diversity head in 2007: Jews have 'insatiable appetite for war'
  • Trump blog page shuts down for good
  • Microsoft acquires ReFirm Labs for IoT security bolstering
  • Google gets enthusiastic green light for a multi-billion-dollar San Jose campus
  • Chrome is up to 23% faster in M91 and saves over 17 years of CPU time daily
  • Google Nears Settlement of Ad-Tech Antitrust Case in France
  • Quic gives the internet's data transmission foundation a needed speedup
  • YouTube Says It Paid Out $4 Billion to Music Industry Over Past 12 Months
  • Amazon Introduces Tiny 'ZenBooths' for Stressed-Out Warehouse Workers
  • Cannabis stocks rally after Amazon endorses legalization
  • Amazon Faced 75,000 Arbitration Demands. Now It Says: Fine, Sue Us
  • Pennsylvania police chief charged after threatening citizen over critical Facebook posts
  • Fall River police officer suspended for Facebook post after Derek Chauvin verdict
  • Philly police officer fired over Facebook posts reinstated
  • Orange County deputy suspended over TikTok videos
  • A California teenager pushed a bear off her property in the wildest TikTok video
  • Chrome OS 91 rolling out: Nearby Share launch, app notification badges, and more
  • Chrome for Android adds a built-in screenshot tool and editor in the Share menu
  • Apple TV app is now available on all Android TV devices, too
  • Google Search adds fabulous Pride Month Easter egg
  • Google rolls out 'Weather Frog' clock to Nest Hub and Hub Max
  • Google Meet web redesign rolling out now with full availability in June
  • You can now quickly present Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to ongoing Meet calls
  • Stack Overflow acquired by Prosus for $1.8 billion
  • The NFT market bubble has popped and we've got the charts to prove it

Picks:

  • Stacey - A Memory Called Empire
  • Jeff - A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of
  • Jeff - Thomas Baekdal Naomi Osaka thread
  • Ant - Why Netflix's New Series High on the Hog Is a Must-Watch
  • Ant - Halston on Netflix
  • Ant - The CHAMP is HERE

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

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Posted on 3 June 2021 | 5:02 am


TWiG 613: 58% Normal - Amazon buying MGM catalogue, Fuchsia rolls out, 'Charlie Bit My Finger' NFT

  • Amazon to acquire MGM Studios for $8.5 billion
  • Butter Pat Industries Cast Iron Skillet
  • A deep dive into Google I/O's smart home news
  • Google is releasing Fuchsia OS, starting w/ 1st-gen Nest Hub
  • Roku wants to expand into smart home devices
  • A thank-you note to the net
  • Biden anitrust people say Amazon's prices are too low; DC's says they are too high
  • Florida's New Pro-Disney, Anti-Facebook and Twitter Law
  • Google Doodle celebrates the Savoy Ballroom with multiplayer swing dancing game
  • A Cappella Group Sings Computer, App, and Game Sound Effects
  • 'Charlie Bit My Finger' sold as an NFT, could vanish from YouTube forever
  • Feeling blue: drug dealer's 'love of stilton' leads to his arrest
  • 2,500 people showed up to a Huntington Beach party that devolved into violence and vandalism, police say
  • This new Google Photos tool will help you prep for the end of free storage
  • Pixel Launcher Discover feed on Android 12 can be themed by Doodles in Material You-like manner
  • Google now lets you password-protect the page that shows all your searches
  • Google adding convenient 'Save to Photos' shortcut for Gmail attachments
  • Russia fines Google $81k (yes, k) for not deleting content; threatens to slow it down
  • Indian Police Visit Twitter Offices as Modi Goes on Pandemic Offense
  • Twitter previews Ticketed Spaces, says it'll take a 20 percent cut of sales
  • Scoop: New York Times in talks to buy The Athletic

Picks:

  • Stacey - How Normal Am I?
  • Jeff - America Talks: Want to connect with someone who disagrees with you?
  • Ant - Test your lungs
  • Ant - My Favorite Photo I Captured in Shanghai Is Discussed on "Behind The Shot"

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

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Posted on 27 May 2021 | 4:14 am


TWiG 612: Waymo Confused - Google IO keynote, problem with Google's AI demo, Project Starline, Material You

  • Google sends the Blob Opera on tour, starting with extremely fun show at I/O
  • Google and Samsung unite to reboot Android watches, with a dose of Fitbit too
  • 12 Google Workspace updates for better collaboration: Smart Canvas
  • Do We Have Minds of Our Own?
  • Material You is Google's new personalized design language
  • Chrome testing RSS-powered 'Follow' button & feed that keeps the Google Reader dream alive
  • An experiment in helping users and web publishers create deeper connections on Chrome
  • Google's Project Starline Videoconference Tech Wants to Turn You Into a Hologram
  • Google's Docs dilemma: Why the biggest improvements in years might not be enough
  • kinopio.club
  • The Linear Oppression of Note-taking Apps
  • Seeing With Fresh Eyes: Meaning, Space, Data, Truth
  • Google I/O swag suggests something fun is happening at 4 p.m. PT today
  • LaMDA: our breakthrough conversation technology
  • Google made AI language the centerpiece of I/O while ignoring its troubled past at the company
  • A driverless Waymo got stuck in traffic and then tried to run away from its support crew
  • Google Photos update adds new Memories and a Locked Folder, previews Cinematic moments
  • Google Fast Pair coming to BMW, Ford cars, and Beats headphones
  • Android now powers over 3 billion devices
  • Get around and explore with 5 new Google Maps updates
  • Helping all your devices work better together
  • Chrome now uses Duplex to fix your stolen passwords
  • Google Search adds 'DVD screensaver' Easter egg that might eventually hit the corner

Picks:

  • Kevin - Map of the Internet
  • Stacey - $40,000 Home Theater Bed Offers Unique Opportunity
  • Ant - Get A Round Tuit
  • Jeff - Apple's compromises in China: Five takeaways

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Marks

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Posted on 20 May 2021 | 3:00 am


TWiG 611: A Self Described Grim Countenance - Project CHIP's new name, Tile's Sidewalk deal, RIP Type 1 fonts

  • Project CHIP gets a new name and so does the Zigbee Alliance
  • With Tile deal Amazon's Sidewalk network just became more interesting
  • US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack
  • Google Plans to Double AI Ethics Research Staff
  • YouTube will pay $100 million to people who make popular videos for its TikTok competitor
  • Tech giants have all become creator companies
  • Cory Doctorow: How copyright filters lead to wage-theft
  • Apple robbed the mob's bank
  • Army of fake fans boosts China's messaging on Twitter
  • Why does every advert look the same? Blame Corporate Memphis
  • Adobe is dropping PostScript Type 1 font support. Be prepared for the change
  • Google Pay US users can now send money to users in India and Singapore
  • Google Fiber finally has a logo over a decade after launch
  • Google brings Gboard to Wear OS for first major app launch in years, more teased for 2021
  • Google Assistant Family Broadcasts from Smart Displays can now appear on phones
  • Alexa, who are you? New book identifies Amazon's secret voiceover artist
  • The people who want to keep masking: 'It's like an invisibility cloak'
  • Anti-Maskers Ready to Start Masking—to Protect Themselves From the Vaccinated
  • Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin
  • Elon Musk says Tesla will stop accepting bitcoin for car purchases, citing environmental concerns
  • Study Finds No Link Between Time Teens' Spend On Tech Devices And Mental Health Problems
  • Ebay has officially opened its platform to NFT sales

Picks:

  • Stacey - M5Stack Core2 ESP32 IoT Development Kit for AWS IoT EduKit
  • Jeff - Amazon's $300 million tax bill rejected by EU judges
  • Leo - Stumbled - The greatest Sites of the Internet

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 13 May 2021 | 4:21 am


TWiG 610: Honey I Shrunk the Carters - Google's privacy robot, more Stadia departures, Google IO predictions

  • Google offices upon return: Privacy robot bubble walls, individual air, box lunches, no shuttles
  • How Basecamp blew up
  • Google Is Saving Over $1 Billion a Year by Working From Home
  • Pichai teases 'significant' announcements at Google I/O 2021 as product cycles return to normal
  • Apple hires an ex-Google AI scientist who resigned after colleagues' firings
  • Google Nest Hub shows up at Bluetooth SIG running 'Fuchsia 1.0'
  • Google announces 'Pixel Buds A-Series' in inadvertent unveil
  • Stadia product head John Justice has left Google
  • Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts to Launch Its Upgraded Starship Prototype Rocket
  • Google's next Pixel phone could hop on the ultrawide bandwagon with Samsung and Apple
  • Chromebooks dominate the global PC market to 275% growth, with HP leading the charge
  • Mr. Beast, YouTube Star, Wants to Take Over the Business World
  • Oversight Board's decision on Trump
  • Jarvis thread on the decision: they punted
  • Florida is set to ban 'deplatforming' by tech companies
  • Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned
  • Facebook to give $5m to local journalists covering communities
  • Amazon sees 'positive outcome' in FCC's SpaceX satellite ruling
  • Twitter acquires Scroll, a big deal for its pay strategy & for the news industry's post-ad strategy
  • New York requires $15 broadband for poor people, promptly gets sued by ISPs
  • Yahoo and AOL, Early Internet Pioneers, Are Sold to Private Equity Firm
  • John Swartzwelder, Sage of "The Simpsons"
  • The computers are getting better at writing
  • Gary Vaynerchuk: NFT is the next Amazon
  • Dogecoin Co-Creator Sold All His Coins For Just Enough To Afford A Used Honda Civic In 2015 — Now DOGE Is Bigger Than Honda
  • Sony ditches DSLRs, moving the camera industry beyond film-era designs
  • Wide-Angle Oddity: Giant Bidens Meet Tiny Carters
  • It took Google 526 days to give you a way to search through Stadia's 172 games
  • Google Assistant Will Now Finally Be Able to Say Your Name Correctly
  • Google Is Bringing a Google TV-Like Experience to Android Tablets
  • YouTube begins testing time-linked comments on videos

Picks:

  • Jason - UAD Apollo Twin X
  • Jeff - Matrix mold for the letter H
  • Ant - Panfurware Music for Creators
  • Ant - FLOSS Weekly's SSI and DEMOSCENE Discussion
  • Ant - Younger #Hardhead Beats His Older Brother

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Ant Pruitt, and Jason Howell

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Posted on 6 May 2021 | 4:06 am


TWiG 609: Put Garlic On My Shopping List - Google and Apple earnings, Dogecoin, Basecamp drama, Google IO '21

  • Google Earnings Smash Sales Records as Digital Ad Market Booms
  • Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google became big tech companies by acquiring hundreds of smaller companies
  • Google Cloud brings in $4B in Q1, up 46 percent
  • Google Fiber coming to another Utah city
  • Sundar Pichai talks about COVID in India
  • Google's Oscar commercial
  • Apple reports another blowout quarter with sales up 54%, authorizes $90 billion in share buybacks
  • Dogecoin price surges after tweets from Elon Musk and Mark Cuban
  • Amazon to hike wages for over 500,000 workers
  • 4chan founder Chris Poole has left Google
  • What really happened at Basecamp
  • YouTube is a media juggernaut that could soon equal Netflix in revenue
  • Roku says it may lose YouTube TV app after Google made anti-competitive demands
  • Comic unapologetic about putting garlic on fans shopping lists
  • Google adds COVID restriction alerts, new road-trip mapping features, as vaccines enable safer travel
  • Google Fi marks 6th birthday with new 'Simply Unlimited' plan that lacks 'Unlimited Plus' extras
  • Google-run Android Earthquake Alerts System is now providing warnings in first two countries
  • Google Assistant can now correctly set timers or alarms even after you flub a voice command
  • Google Photos for Android rolling out new 'Sharpen' and 'Denoise' editor tools
  • Google Assistant can now correctly set timers or alarms even after you flub a voice command
  • YouTube adds even more video resolution controls and options on mobile
  • It took Google 526 days to give you a way to search through Stadia's 172 games
  • Kevin Tofel: Looks like I'm going to be a GT Yellow Jacket
  • What Old Tiktok-ERs Look like (by Ant)
  • Be Mindful Of The Dance Moves You're Doing On Tiktok
  • Pichai teases 'significant' announcements at Google I/O 2021 as product cycles return to normal
  • Google posts I/O 2021 schedule, starting with Sundar Pichai keynote on May 18 at 10 a.m
  • Samsung unpacks its Galaxy Book Pro, Pro 360 and more
  • Amazon sees 'positive outcome' in FCC's SpaceX satellite ruling
  • Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon's dormant IP addresses sprang to life
  • Daniel Kaminsky, Internet Security Savior, Dies at 42
  • Introducing Immersive View, A Fun New Way to Meet
  • 90s Kids Guide to the Internet
  • WaPo reports on brain interfaces with a touch of moral panic
  • She never returned a VHS of Sabrina and 20 years later faced a felony
  • Verizon Explores Sale of Media Assets, Including Parts of Yahoo and AOL

Picks:

  • Stacey - Ember Mug
  • Jeff - Oscar Viewership Rises To 10.4M In Final Numbers
  • Ant - I Finally Created an NFT (Why not?)
  • Ant - My Newest Short Film
  • Ant - Photo Pursuit: Stories Behind the Photographs

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

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Posted on 29 April 2021 | 5:03 am


TWiG 608: Real Men Don't Use Allen Wrenches - Nobody likes FLoC, Google is most trusted brand, Daily Mail sues Google, EU's prospective AI ban

  • Club TWiT details
  • Nobody is flying to join Google's FLoC
  • Reuters website goes behind a paywall in new strategy
  • Google Ads policies
  • The 15 Most Trusted Brands Globally
  • More on subscriptions
  • Questions from Discord
  • A discussion on... jeans
  • Daily Mail owner sues Google over search results
  • EU looks to prospectively ban AI across many uses
  • Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence
  • Google subsidiary moved $75bn in profits through Ireland in 2019 using "double-Irish"
  • Facebook plans to go after Clubhouse and podcasts with a suite of new audio products
  • Dollars flow to live audio as moderation problems loom
  • Facebook oversight board delays decision on Trump ban to 'the coming weeks'
  • Apple confirms it will allow Parler to return to App Store
  • Amazon is opening a hair salon with an AR color bar
  • Amazon Plans Furniture Assembly Service to Catch Wayfair
  • Meet Ameronothrus on Twitter, a new bug discovered via a tweet
  • TikTok Has a New Filter That Shapeshifts You Into a Movie Character, and You Need to See This
  • Latest food fad on TikTok: twisted bacon
  • Google Earth's historical 3D time-lapses show the ravages of climate change
  • Google Meet is getting a UI refresh next month with smarter meeting features
  • Fitbit's Luxe is a fashion-focused fitness band that costs $149.95
  • Chrome OS 90 rolling out: Live Caption, Diagnostics app, and more
  • Google is adding a price-tracking tool to Chrome for Android
  • Google rolling out Android 12 Developer Preview 3 for Pixel phones
  • Google Search adds AR Pac-Man, 3D Hello Kitty, Gundam, and other Japanese characters
  • South by Southwest Stake Is Sold to Owner of Rolling Stone in Effort to Keep Festival Alive
  • Debunking the Vegas Loop
  • NASA picks SpaceX's Starship to land Artemis astronauts on the moon
  • Nintendo founding family's site
  • Whole Foods Launching Amazon Palm Reader Payment System in Seattle

Picks:

  • Ant: Relatively Normal Podcast
  • Jeff: Historical yearly trends in the usage statistics of content management systems
  • Stacey: Caséta by Lutron

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

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Posted on 22 April 2021 | 3:40 am