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 / 21:00 UTC.

  

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TWiG 486: The Road to Nunavut

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Huawei CFO gets bail in Canada, awaits extradition to US
  • China detains Canadian ex-diplomat in retaliation
  • Marriott breach blamed on China
  • No Chinese spy chips found on Super Micro servers
  • Google CEO tells Congress "No plans" for Chinese search engine
  • Pichai also explains that Google doesn't make iPhones
  • Google's continuing messaging mess
  • YouTube Rewind vs Justin Beiber: who do we hate more?

Picks of the Week:

  • Jeff's Number: Verizon loses $4.6 billion on Oath
  • David's Stuff: OnePlus 6T sells 249% more than OnePlus 6
  • Leo's Pick: Google gives duck.com to DuckDuckGo

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: David Ruddock

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Posted on 13 December 2018 | 4:34 am


TWiG 485: The French Connection

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • When will Google kill Hangouts? Definitely not until after it kills Allo, but (probably) before it kills Android Messages.
  • Pixel Slate pros and cons.
  • Pixel 3 XL review after a month of use: still buggy.
  • Flutter 1.0 will bridge the Android / iOS divide.
  • Is Microsoft switching to Chrome?
  • Google's censored search Engine for China: employees may strike, many have quit already
  • Contractors at Google demand equal treatment.
  • Facebook email trove leaked by UK government.
  • Qualcomm's newest chipset features 5G and in-screen fingerprint reader.
  • Waymo One launches self-driving taxi service.

Picks of the Week

  • Kevin's stuff: e Foundation
  • Stacey's Thing: Onelink Safe & Sound Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Jeff's Number: Bose's $199 AR audio sunglasses
  • Jason's Tip: say "Pretty Please" to Google Assistant

Hosts: Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Jason Howell

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 5 December 2018 | 11:27 pm


TWiG 484: We're All Post-Natal Now

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • At their re:Invent conference, Amazon makes dozens of announcements about AWS, machine learning, the blockchain, ARM chips, and more.
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass is now compatible with Alexa.
  • Cyber Monday was Amazon's biggest sales day ever, but it still can't hold a candle to Alibaba and Singles Day.
  • Google Duplex is coming to a Pixel near you
  • Pixel Slate review
  • Google Fi now available on most iPhones and Android phones.
  • Disney + Google =?
  • Possibly the biggest story of the decade: CRISPR babies!

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Starbucks Juniper Latte
  • Jeff's Number: Taylor Swift is the most influential Tweeter of 2018, plus: how big is the big cow?

Advent Calendar Picks

  • Stacey's Pick: Ginvent Advent Calendar
  • Jeff's Pick: Beef! Advent Calendar
  • Leo's Pick: Advent of Code Calendar

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 29 November 2018 | 5:10 am


TWiG 483: Punch Me in the Hövding

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Google News may abandon Europe over link tax
  • Alphabet's Verily gives up on glucose-sensing contact lenses
  • Alphabet also gives up on bipedal robots
  • Is this the Pixel 3 Lite? • Google patents VR shoes
  • Facebook admits it knew all about Soros-bashing
  • Siri can talk to Google Assistant
  • Mapping Thanksgiving

Picks of the Week

  • Mathew's Stuff: Airbnb tracks Mongolian nomads with what3words
  • Jeff's Number: Wirecutter's Black Friday sales page, Airbag bike helmet
  • Leo's Tool: Facebook Portal

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 22 November 2018 | 2:03 am


TWiG 482: Queso Morphines

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Google ends forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims
  • The woman behind Google design
  • Waymo will launch driverless car service
  • Google AI helps New York Times get a handle on its vast photo archive
  • Amazon's HQ 2 and HQ 3: NYC and DC
  • Google will double its NYC staff
  • New Google LA HQ: Spruce Goose hangar
  • Controversy over Google's NHS kidney data
  • Night Sight comes to all Pixels
  • Squoosh your pictures
  • Pandora's new podcast recommendations
  • The new kilogram

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Notify Me skill on Alexa
  • Jeff's Numbers: $1 billion of charitable donations on Facebook, $699 Pixelbook at Best Buy on Black Friday
  • Leo's Tool: Mozilla Shop Safe This Holiday Season

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 1:32 am


TWiG 481: Stoned on Cheese

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • The Samsung Developers Conference Keynote features a foldable phone, SmartThings IoT, and Bixby innovations.
  • Android will support foldable phones.
  • Google employees stage a walkout over sexual harassment
  • Tim Berners-Lee's Contract for the Web
  • How to encourage civility online
  • YouTube Content ID
  • Facebook and "White Genocide"
  • Young people are deleting Facebook in droves
  • Facebook's holiday pop-up store
  • Everybody gets free Amazon shipping
  • Amazon's new HQ2(s)
  • 8 new Chromebook features
  • Google Home Hub teams up with Sephora
  • Ajit Pai's FCC is hopping mad about robocalls

Picks of the Week

  • Jeff's Number: Black Friday home tech deals
  • Stacey's Thing: Extinct cables, Alexa Christmas Lights

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

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Posted on 8 November 2018 | 1:29 am


TWiG 480: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Andy Rubin has a $90M payout!
  • Is the culture at Nexflix too cut throat?
  • Who is the the No. 3 digital-ad seller in the country? You might be surprised.
  • All the journalists from a new media website have been laid off.
  • Some crypto news outlets will post paid content and not mark it as sponsored content.
  • More from the Change Log.
  • Some ads are using kids' apps to target children, and at an alarming rate!
  • Using AI to assist people with disabilities.
  • Use the Google Gboard to create emojis that look like you!
  • Google wants to use iRobot to map your home, are you game?

Picks of the Week:

  • Leo's Tool: Coach Tony from Better Humans
  • Jeff's Number: Google's $25M AI Contest
  • Stacey's Things: Halloween Costumes Chosen by AI

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Andrew Higginbotham

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Posted on 31 October 2018 | 10:57 pm


TWiG 479: It's a Sugar Speedball!

This Week in Google (Audio)

  • Google Home Hub First Look Review
  • Pixel 3's many nit-picky issues
  • Titan M security chip
  • Pixel 3 Qi Charger DRM? Not so fast.
  • 10 years of Android
  • Tim Cook loves privacy, hates Bloomberg

Picks of the Week

  • Mathew's Stuff: How the Night King uses Chromebook
  • Stacey's Things: Google Assistant's colorful names and Alexa Whisper Mode

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Posted on 25 October 2018 | 12:29 am


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 and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Tofel

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Posted on 18 October 2018 | 3:37 am