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 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.


  • 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....

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 2021-09-09  2h19m