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This Week in Google (Audio)

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 633: Nothing About Me Without Me - Federated Twitter, Section 230 reform, Instagram moral panic

Dead letters: Email could be the last federated internet technology — but it isn't. Facebook shouldn't be in charge of how you use Facebook. The Moral Panic Engulfing Instagram. Facebook whistleblower to brief Facebook Oversight Board, U.K. parliament. Twitter position paper on protecting the open internet. Why Section 230 'Reform' Effectively Means Section 230 Repeal. Highlights From William Shatner's Blue Origin Rocket Trip to Space. Rät by Penelope Scott. Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday, Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google. Len Sassaman and Satoshi: a Cypherpunk history. Picks Jeff - UK regulator Ofcom's list of bad words Jeff - How many watched Squid Game Ant - Irish People Blind Test Irish Whisky vs American Whiskey Ant - Hall H Show Ant - All Systems Red Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt Guest: Cory Doctorow Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: akamai.com/twig Melissa.com/twit nureva.com/twit

1hr 58mins

14 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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TWiG 632: It's No Sudoku - Facebook whistleblower, Pixel 6 event, Twitch leak, Blockchain blogging

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen details company's misleading efforts on 60 Minutes. Mark Zuckerberg - I wanted to share a note I wrote to... How AT&T helped build far-right One America News. Thompson: Facebook's political problems. Google announces October 19 event to fully launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Pixel 6 price and release date accidentally revealed by German retailer. Android 12 releases today, but the update for Pixel phones comes later. Pixel Watch and Pixel Tab tipped to arrive on October 19 alongside the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel Fold. Decentralized Mirror is open for business. The Token Race. Google's Coral AI Toolkit. Ofcom sets out rules for TikTok, Snap and OnlyFans. The entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked. Who Is the Bad Art Friend? Google confirms $1B investment into Africa, including subsea cable for faster internet. Sustainable with Google 2021: Nest Renew, traffic light efficiency, and more. Google is updating Maps, Search and other products to help consumers save energy and reduce emissions. Google's AI unit DeepMind makes its first-ever profit. Google turning on 2-step verification (2SV) for 150 million more accounts by the end of 2021. YouTube Looks to Hire Its First Executive Focused on Podcasts. Android 11 October security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live. Google abandons plans to offer bank accounts to users. Google Nest Cam Floodlight and new $99 indoor camera are available starting today. YouTube TV will keep all NBC channels with no change to monthly fee. Google Search no longer supports Internet Explorer 11, because 'it is time'. Picks: Stacey - Twinkly RGBW Christmas lights Jeff - Black Media Report Ant - Blapp app Ant - Adobe Max is Free Ant - Lol at Adobe and the Cameo Ant - Meet Ant in New Orleans Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: ourcrowd.com/twig udacity.com/TWiT offer code TWIT75 twit.cachefly.com

2hr 44mins

7 Oct 2021

Rank #2

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TWiG 631: Mr. Goxx - Amazon Astro robot, Russian social media ban threat, Instagram Kids, YouTube bans Mercola

Amazon Astro robot, Russian social media ban threat, Instagram Kids, YouTube bans Mercola Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google/episodes/631 Sponsor: Command Line Heroes - TWIG

2hr 13mins

30 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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TWiG 630: Did You Plug It In for Tofel? - Surface Duo 2, Facebook Go, Kindle Paperwhite with USB-C

Microsoft's new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time around. Leaked hands-on video of the Pixel 6 Pro confirms glossy back, Google Tensor specs. Google's NYC store now lets you see, but not touch, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Galaxy Fold-style Pixel foldable, 'Jumbojack,' spotted in Android 12.1. Facebook introduces portable Portal Go for $199. Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite lineup with 6.8-inch screens, USB-C. Amazon withholds its ebooks from libraries because it prefers you pay it instead. Facebook vs Instagram vs Messenger. Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data. 6 takeaways from this week's Works With event. Prenuvo scan. Whoop wearable. Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81. Arctic Adventure by Harry McCracken. YouTube takes down the Ig Nobel show because of a 1914 recording. Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to conservation through Bezos Earth Fund. Amazon's big fall hardware event is set for September 28th. Amazon releases Echo Studio with Billie Eilish's face on it that's $30 more expensive. Amazon closes 3,000 Chinese-brand online stores in campaign against fake reviews. YouTube gets official video downloads on the web, saving you from using some very sketchy sites. Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition. Google Maps can now adjust its Android Auto UI for right-hand drive cars. Gmail search filters introduced on the web last year are now coming to Android. Google's iOS 15 app updates bring XL YouTube Music & Photos widgets, Focus mode support. Google Meet for web gets automatic brightness boost when you're underexposed. Fitbit starts rolling out 'Snore & Noise Detect' for Sense, Versa 3. Zoom's Nearly $15 Billion Deal for Five9 Under U.S. Government Review Over China Ties. Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs. Picks: Jason - Watch Duty app Ant - Future Moments Ant - Marshall Monitor II with ANC Leo - Baratunde Thurston's Animated 'How to Be Black' Project in Development at ABC Leo - "Hey Google, read with Reese's Book Club" Hosts: Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham, Ant Pruitt, and Jason Howell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Compiler - TWIG Modern Finance

2hr 19mins

23 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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TWiG 629: Tastes Like Pikachu - Amazon's big raise, Instagram's impact on teens, update Chrome now!

Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show. Facebook sent flawed data to misinformation researchers. Instagram's Met Gala 2021 Table Took the Best Class Photo With Meg Thee Stallion, Saweetie & More. Announcing the 2021 Ig Nobel Prize winners. Intuit is buying Mailchimp for $12 billion to focus on small businesses. Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell posted their own take on TikTok's a cappella 'Grace Kelly' challenge. How to watch the Inspiration4 launch, SpaceX's first fully private mission to space. Amazon boosts hourly pay to over $18, to hire 125,000 workers. Amazon to pay full college tuition for front-line employees. Amazon Launches Its First TVs: Fire TV Omni Series with 4K Ultra HD. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says it's 'hard to argue' its retail business is a monopoly. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy: 'It's still early days for us in media'. The next Big Tech battle: Amazon's bet on healthcare begins to take shape. Amazon gives Kindle e-readers a rare user interface overhaul. Update Google Chrome Immediately. South Korea Fines Google for Abusing Smartphone Dominance. Otherworldly 'time crystal' made inside Google quantum computer could change physics forever. Google's voice assistant in new EU antitrust investigation, MLex reports. Germany's 'sovereign cloud' is coming—and it's provided by Google. Google finishes laying a giant undersea internet cable stretching 3,300 miles from New York to the UK and Spain. Google hypes the Pixel 6 in Japan with bag of 'Google Original [Potato] Chips'. Google hosting 'Search On' 2021 keynote later this month. Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving Mode's long-awaited home screen UI. Google Photos will now ship individual prints directly to your door. Google search is finally officially getting dark mode on desktop. Area 120's 'Museletter' turns your Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides into paid newsletters. Google now lets you ask to join 'Pixel Superfans' with a simple sign-up form. Google One quietly adds 5TB storage plan for $24.99/month following Photos changes. Picks: Stacey - Luci for making power wheelchairs smart Jeff - 12 billion doses in arms are required to get the majority of adults vaccinated. We stand at about 5.5 billion & have been averaging 1 billion/month Jeff - Pixel Buds Series A Jeff - Back to the office Ant - Wanderers Photo Workshop Moved Ant - Dry Bar is Underrated and also Greg Morton Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: nureva.com/twit CrowdStrike.com/twit wealthfront.com/twig

2hr 32mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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TWiG 628: The Queen of Consent - YouTube Music subs, Zoom dismorphia, ProtonMail changes course

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested. The Strange Tale of the Freedom Phone, a Smartphone for Conservatives. How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users. German police secretly bought NSO Pegasus spyware. Amazon brings its cashierless tech to two Whole Foods stores. What the Hole Is Going On? The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020. 'I believe it's a mental health issue': the rise of Zoom dysmorphia. Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop. Official Emails Show That LAPD Worked With a Controversial Social media Surveillance Company During George Floyd Protests. Australia's Top Court Finds Media Companies Liable for Other People's Facebook Comments. Yahoo is Yahoo once more after new owners complete acquisition. House Republicans wrote a letter to Yahoo 'Chief Executive Officer' Marissa Mayer, but she hasn't been CEO since 2017. Elizabeth Holmes' trial begins with opening statements. Twitter rolls out first public test of Communities. Twitter testing feature to remove followers without blocking them. Twitter Plans New Privacy Tools to Get More People Tweeting. YouTube reports having 50 million Premium and Music subscribers. TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK. Amazon Driver Warns New Homeowners Their House Is Not Safe in Video. Alligator eats drone. Google Rooms is now Spaces, and it's integrated into all of your favorite apps. Google Meet gets new videoconference hardware with interactive displays. Google debuts Meet features, including 'Companion mode'. Google Workspace acquires Playspace, a video, screenshare, & whiteboard collaboration tool. Chrome OS 93 is heading to your Chromebook today, and it's all about the details. Google rolling out Android 12 Beta 5 'release candidate' for Pixel as final update. September security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live. Google Clock scheduled alarms broken for many, leading to a flurry of 1-star Play Store reviews. Picks: Stacey - Swarm Eval Kit. Jeff - Tom Eveslin tests Starlink. Jeff - Amazon slams SpaceX, tells FCC that Musk-led companies are rule-breakers. Ant - Another Starlink reference on FLOSS. Ant - World Travel Man: 48 Hours in.... Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Command Line Heroes - TWIG wealthfront.com/twig Melissa.com/twit

2hr 19mins

9 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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TWiG 627: Pillow Not Included - Congress data demands, China limits gaming, Pigeon philanthropy

Introducing Craig Newmark! Craig Newmark Philanthropies Supports Palomacy! Capitol riot: Jan. 6 committee demands records from Facebook, Twitter, Google. House Committee Investigating January 6th Capitol Invasion Goes On Social Media Fishing Expedition; Companies Should Resist. Reddit bans Covid misinformation forum after 'go dark' protest. Three hours a week: Play time's over for China's young video gamers. Google doodle: "Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Save lives." Google, Apple Hit by First Law Threatening Dominance Over App-Store Payments. Google's new Pixel 5A ad spoofs Apple with humorous ode to the headphone jack. Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Launching October 28th. Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Google's New AI Photo Upscaling Tech is Jaw-Dropping. Australian powers to spy on cybercrime suspects given green light. Five Big Problems with Canada's Proposed Regulatory Framework for "Harmful Online Content" Amazon quietly building live audio business. Telegram uncaps live stream viewers as part of big version 8.0 update. Amazon now running 164 flights a day to deliver stock in the US. Amazon's answer to driver shortage: Hire pot smokers. Google Calendar will break down how much of your work is spent in meetings. Automate your whole day with the Assistant's new Daylong Routines. Google Assistant rolling out a new trigger that starts routines when dismissing an alarm. Here's how Google Assistant's upcoming 'Quick phrases' will let you skip 'Hey Google'. Google adds shipping and return labels to product listings in search and shopping tool. Google rolling out first Pixel Buds A-Series firmware update to fix volume bug. German publisher Axel Springer to acquire U.S. news website Politico for over $1 billion. 'I guess I'm having a go at killing it': Salman Rushdie to bypass print and publish next book on Substack. Happy birthday, Linux: From a bedroom project to billions of devices in 30 years. Google developing its own CPUs for Chromebook laptops. Picks: Leo - Google Colaboratory Stacey - Donate blood if you can! Jeff - First full image of 'new Vermeer' with uncovered Cupid released by Dresden museum Ant - I sold two NFTs! Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Guest: Craig Newmark Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsor: twit.cachefly.com

2hr 42mins

2 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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TWiG 626: Clowns, Mimes, and Robots - OnlyFans undoes porn ban, Fit Charge 5, Prop. 22 unconstitutional

Facebook says post that cast doubt on covid-19 vaccine was most popular on the platform from January through March. Zeynep Tufekci Joins The New York Times as an Opinion Columnist. OnlyFans no longer plans to ban porn, saying in abrupt U-turn that it wants to be a 'home for all creators'. Richard J. Meislin, Times Editor and Web Journalism Pioneer, Dies at 68. NYT crossword puzzle no longer works in third-party apps, crosses puzzle solvers. Mastercard to end magnetic strip on cards. Bear Makes Off With Amazon Package From Bristol Porch. Don't overthink it: Elon Musk's Tesla Bot is a joke. The First Step Toward Protecting Everyone Else From Teslas. Fitbit's New Charge 5 Has a Rounded Design and a Color Screen. Court: CA's Prop. 22 on Uber, Lyft drivers unconstitutional. The official Waymo blog: Welcoming our first riders in San Francisco. Google is shutting down Android Auto phone app. Google Meet now warns you when you're causing an echo. Android 12 Beta 4.1 rolling out with Pixel bug fixes, including for VPN & notifications. Google Chrome will let you save Tab Groups so you don't have to keep recreating them Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G officially discontinued in lead-up to the Pixel 6 launch. YouTube says its Partner Program now has 2 million members. Google says geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands. Picks: Stacey - Nest Cam with battery and Nest Doorbell with battery Jeff - Startups spend more on Airbnb than in office rent Leo - The end to 7-digit phone dialing is coming this October Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: CrowdStrike.com/twit Compiler - TWIG

1hr 49mins

26 Aug 2021

Rank #8

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TWiG 625: You Can't Handle the Waffle! - T-Mobile hack, robots write code, YikYak is back, Matter delayed

T-Mobile Says Over 40 Million Customer Records Affected in Hack. 7 principles for regulation in the IoT era. OpenAI Codex demo of code writing code. Jason's review of the Pixel 5a from All About Android. The Google Pixel 6 won't ship with a charger. New U.S. Antitrust Bill Would Require Apple and Google to Allow Third-Party App Stores and Sideloading. Bad News, By Joseph Bernstein. CES 2022 to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Moderna Is About to Begin Trials for HIV Vaccine Based on COVID-19 Research. People Now Spend More at Amazon Than at Walmart. Remember Yik Yak? Well, it's back and still anonymous. Crypto platform hit by $600 million heist asks hacker to become its chief security advisor. Delightful Google ad imagines the Perseverance Mars rover using Google Photos. Twitter taps crypto leader Jay Graber to head Bluesky. Beijing Tightens Grip on ByteDance by Quietly Taking Stake, China Board Seat. BlackBerry resisted announcing major flaws in software powering cars, hospital equipment. Facebook is sharing data to prove it's not a political hellhole. Google-backed 'Matter' smart home standard, first gadgets delayed into next year. Google Fuchsia update is rolling out widely to 1st-gen Nest Hubs. Google Maps Just Dropped a Bunch of New App Features, Including Dark Mode. Google Calendar will soon let you share where you're working from. YouTube on iOS, Android tests instant comment translations for Premium subscribers. Android's latest accessibility feature lets you control your phone w/ facial expressions. Google Chrome is redesigning the Incognito tab, possibly in response to $5 billion lawsuit. Twitter's new font, Chirp, is apparently giving some users headaches Disney unveils Genie services to replace FastPass, MaxPass: The latest on global Disney parks. Picks: Stacey - This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race - by Nicole Perloth Jeff - Wendy's to open 700 ghost kitchens with Reef Technology Ant - This Is Pop Ant - Error. Fire Not Found Ant - Register for Wanderers Photo Workshop in NOLA Leo - Waffles and Mochi Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsor: Modern Finance

2hr 19mins

19 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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TWiG 624: The Ladies' Menu - Apple's big mistake, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, is Uber a scam?

Apple's Mistake – Stratechery by Ben Thompson. The End Of Ownership: How Big Companies Are Trying To Turn Everyone Into Renters. Canada's got the world's worst internet ideas. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 announced with S Pen support and water resistance. Samsung breaks the triple-digit barrier w/ Galaxy Z Flip 3 priced at $999. The Galaxy Watch 4 injects Samsung's capable hardware with Google software. Giving kids and teens a safer experience online. Marjorie Taylor Greene Suspended by Twitter After 'Fourth Strike'. YouTube's algorithm is not radicalizing people according to a study by leading scholars. Salt_Hank on TikTok. End of the line for Uber. Hubert Horan: Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Twenty-Four: Uber Loses Another $6.8 Billion. Google Pixel 5A Launching Later This Month at $450. Google Launches Program To Hire More People With Autism. Google reportedly planning a new Silicon Valley campus with a hardware center. Google Fiber ending TV services in Austin, Atlanta; concentrating on internet service. YouTube, Google Launch New Protections for Kids Under 18. Google prominently adding Air Quality (AQI) info to Nest Hub, Hub Max in the US. Google rolling out Android 12 Beta 4 for Pixel phones with 'Platform Stability' Google is adding an interactive periodic table to search. Google Home 2.42 adds Nest Cam/Doorbell support, preps setting per-Device DNS and ADT. YouTube for Android now lets you skip video chapters with a two-finger double-tap. TCL announces new 6-series and 5-series TVs with Google TV instead of Roku. Tweetshelf, alternative to Nuzzel. Twitter AI bias contest shows beauty filters hoodwink the algorithm. Picks: Stacey - Filtrete Smart Air Purifiers Jeff - Pompeii's fast food joint unearthed in 2019 opens to public Ant - Adobe's Rising Stars of Photography Ant - My Amazon Driver is Better Than Yours Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsor: wealthfront.com/twig

2hr 37mins

12 Aug 2021

Rank #10