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.


episode 623: The Evil Ceramicist - Bye bye Google ads, how to fight disinformation, Pixel 6 Pro, YouTube Shorts

  • Techdirt Is Now Entirely Without Any Google Ads Or Tracking Code.
  • Yes, Actually, The 1st Amendment Does Mean That Twitter Can Kick You Off Its Platform, Wall Street Journal.
  • Klobuchar targets vaccine misinformation with Section 230 bill.
  • Pixel 6 Preview: Here's What Google's First Smartphone Chip Can Do.
  • Nikkei: Google Tensor is a 5nm chip and Samsung is handling production.
  • Facebook disables accounts tied to NYU's research into political ads.
  • Why Facebook's claims about the Ad Observer are wrong.
  • 'It has to be known what was done to us': Natick couple harassed by eBay tell their story for the first time.
  • Tencent cuts kids' playing time on flagship game Honour of Kings to appease Beijing.
  • Google's 'time crystals' could be the greatest scientific achievement of our lifetimes.
  • The App With the Unprintable Name That Wants to Give Power to Creators.
  • Google+ class action starts paying out $2.15 for G+ privacy violations.
  • Top German Court Says Facebook Must Inform Users About Deleting Their Posts Or Suspending Their Account, Explain Why, And Allow Them To Respond.
  • Google takes legal action over Germany's expanded hate-speech law.
  • Google founders have sold $1 billion in stock since May, the most since 2017.
  • Amazon plans to cut waste following backlash over the destruction of unused products.
  • YouTube bans Murdoch's SkyNews Australia for a week over COVID disinformation.
  • YouTube's $100 million Shorts Fund to challenge TikTok goes live.
  • Amazon's Covid Dilemma: Mandate Vaccinations and Risk Losing Warehouse Workers.
  • Amazon will give you a whole $10 for your palm print.
  • This $55 Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser is dumb as dirt.
  • Seth Rogen Assures Fans He's Alive and Well After Hilarious TikTok Questions His Wellbeing.
  • A PBS for the Internet? (Jarvis: No thanks)
  • Biden Warns That The Next Kinetic War Will Be The Result Of A Cyberattack, Which Is Stupid.
  • Google will kill off very old versions of Android next month.
  • Chrome OS 92 rolling out: Redesigned emoji & picker, eSIM support, pre-installed Meet PWA.
  • Google Chrome to no longer show secure website indicators.
  • Chrome for Android becoming a 2FA security key for Google Account sign-in.
  • YouTube 'Premium Lite' subscription offers ad-free viewing for less.
  • August security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live.


  • Jeff - 40 years since MTV launch
  • Ant - LumaFusion updated for iOS
  • Ant - Sign Up for the Wanderers Photo Workshop in NOLA
  • Leo - Waze now lets you use Master Chief's voice as your guide
  • Leo - MTV First Four Hours Remastered - 12am Saturday August 1st, 1981

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt

Guest: Mike Masnick

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 2021-08-05  2h27m