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 469: The Brooklyn Hello

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Twitter gives Alex Jones a Time Out.
  • Keeping Google from tracking your location is more complicated than you'd think.
  • The return of the Google Changelog!
  • Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is also a Weber grill SmartThings hub
  • 8.8.8.8 is 8.
  • Fortnite is on Android, but not on the Play Store: how not to download malware.
  • Facebook lays out the new media reality.
  • Black Hat and DEF CON show just how easy it is to hack voting machines.
  • Verizon will debut 5G home internet in 4 cities while thumbing their nose at Net Neutrality.
  • Windows 10 may be coming to Chromebooks.

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Thing: The Feather Thief
  • Jeff's Numbers: FB raised $300m for 750k charities with birthday fundraising, and $999 for Rotimatic
  • Leo's new TWiG theme: Tiger Rag by Lous Armstrong and The Mills Brothers

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 16 August 2018 | 12:44 am


TWiG 468: Extra Stolen Privacy

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Android Pie hits Pixels and Essential Phone.
  • New Pixel 3 images and video leak.
  • Google's China dilemma.
  • Should Leo buy the Magic Leap?
  • Does Facebook want your bank info?
  • Silicon Valley's war on Alex Jones.
  • Is Ajit Pai still evil?
  • Stacey's Things: June Oven and Anki Vector.
  • Jeff's Number: Your baby's first words could be "OK Google."

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 9 August 2018 | 1:04 am


TWiG 467: Techno Tragicomedy

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Jeff unboxes his new Lenovo Smart Display. Our live Duo demo goes about as well as you'd expect.
  • Facebook finds more political shenanigans.
  • Google's Censored Search in China.
  • Stacey has all the news from Google Cloud Next.
  • Amazon's facial recognition software outs 28 US lawmakers as crooks.
  • All the Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Stand rumors we know.
  • You want a notch on your phone? Fine. Two notches? Sure, why not? Three notches? HOLD UP THERE, BUDDY!

Picks of the Week

  • Jeff's Number: 5 years of Chromecast
  • Stacey's Thing: OSRAM SMART+ Outdoor Flex RGBW
  • Jason's Tool: Fighting Spam Calls with Android

Hosts: Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Jason Howell

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Posted on 2 August 2018 | 12:55 am


TWiG 466: Ich Bin Nicht Einverstanden!

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • AI takes to the cloud at Google Cloud Next 2018
  • Despite Facebook's inability to deal with controversy, Facebook stock is fine. Oh wait, no - they just reported disappointing earnings and now it's down 20 percent.
  • Google earnings: doing peachy, despite that pesky $5 billion fine.
  • Google employees are unphishable, and now you can be, too. But cover your webcam just in case.
  • Orrin Hatch still isn't dead; Abe Vigoda still is.

Picks of the Week:

  • Jeff's Pick: GDPR at a German Bakery
  • Kevin's Picks: IndieWeb.org, Kill Sticky, and Contrast Widget

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Kevin Marks

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Posted on 26 July 2018 | 12:31 am


TWiG 465: Cindy and Dindy

This Week in Google (Audio)

The EU his Google with a massive $5 billion fine over Android and demands changes to how Google does business. Mark Zuckerberg sits down for an interview with Recode and explains his views on how Facebook should treat Holocaust deniers, Russian ads, and its users' privacy. Amazon has its biggest Prime Day ever, despite going to the dogs and crashing at the outset. Venmo's privacy settings... could be better. When being polite to Alexa matters, and when it doesn't.

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Thing: GE Alexa-enabled microwave
  • Jeff's Number: 65% of iPhone users are inclined to consider a first date with an Android user, while only about half of Android users would say the same about an iPhone user.
  • Leo's Tool: Almond Open Virtual Assistant
  • Mike's Stuff: GeoGuessr, Take Me Back, and Starring the Computer

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 19 July 2018 | 1:47 am


TWiG 464: There's a Flag for That

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • YouTube TV Crashes during the World Cup
  • AT&T's Ultimatum for HBO
  • Google may face record EU fines for Android
  • Google and Walmart take on Amazon Prime Day
  • How to get Linux on your Chromebook with Project Crostini
  • WSJ vs Google
  • FCC will charge you $225 to complain
  • Google gets into console gaming?

Tips and Picks

  • Stacey's Thing: Delta's Alexa Enabled Touch Faucet
  • Kevin's Stuff: Android app shortcuts arrive on Chrome OS
  • Leo's Tool: JMP.chat

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 12 July 2018 | 12:37 am


TWiG 463: The Final Nail in the Snap Coffin

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • After 7 long years, Apple vs Samsung is finally over.
  • How many cameras is too many on one phone? Five? Sixteen?
  • Facial recognition is not ready for law enforcement prime-time.
  • How can Facebook, Twitter, etc. defend against foreign interference if the US government won't help them?
  • Zero rating trumps net neutrality in California just in time for AT&T Watch TV
  • Pictures of Tweets take over Instagram
  • Adobe Project Rush will revolutionize video editing this year

Picks of the Week:

  • Jeff's Number: $117,000/year is the new poverty line in San Francisco
  • Mathew's Stuff: get your Mt Gox Bitcoin refund!
  • Ant's Things: Amazon Smile and Geek Questioner

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guests: Mathew Ingram and Ant Pruitt

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Posted on 28 June 2018 | 2:37 am


TWiG 462: The People Formerly Known as the Audience

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • As Instagram launches IGTV, the future of broadcasting is rapidly evolving. We explore Skam Austin, a new Facebook/Instagram show/experience/new media experiment.
  • Fortnight is bringing eSports into the mainstream at last.
  • Meanwhile, a new European copyright law will make memes illegal.
  • Disney fights back against Comcast in the battle for Fox.
  • Android Messenger might finally be the Google messaging platform we've been waiting for.
  • The Oppo Find X solves the all screen, no notch problem with a pop-up camera.
  • How to get your money back if you've been scammed by a Nigerian prince.
  • Sell your CryptoKitties now! Leo and Stacey explain blockchain and ICOs.

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Thing 1: SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY ZigBee Outdoor Colored Gardenspot Starter Kit
  • Stacey's Thing 2: Delta Voice Activated Faucet with Alexa
  • Jeff's Number 1: Facebook RAICES campaign raises over $13 million, $3 million during this show alone.
  • Jeff's Number 2: Facebook stock at all-time high
  • Jeff's Number 3: Twitter and Square on the verge of doubling
  • Leo's Tool: Google Podcasts App

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 20 June 2018 | 11:53 pm


TWiG 461: The Backhaul Gonna Bite Ya

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Net Neutrality Ends! AT&T/Time Warner merger approved! Comcast to buy Fox! What it all means.
  • Facebook's new political ad policy angers publishers
  • Pixel 3 Leak
  • Amazon Cube combines Alexa with a universal remote
  • Tanzania outlaws unregistered bloggers
  • Plume offers subscription Wi-Fi

Picks of the Week:

  • Stacey's Thing: Wyze Pan Cam
  • Jeff's Number: Google turning 20
  • Leo's Tool: Brittanica Insight

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 14 June 2018 | 12:25 am