This Week in Google with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

Apr 21st 2021

This Week in Google 608

Real Men Don't Use Allen Wrenches

Nobody likes FLoC, Google is most trusted brand, Daily Mail sues Google, EU's prospective AI ban
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Category: News
  • Club TWiT details
  • Nobody is flying to join Google’s FLoC
  • Reuters website goes behind a paywall in new strategy
  • Google Ads policies
  • The 15 Most Trusted Brands Globally
  • More on subscriptions
  • Questions from Discord
  • A discussion on... jeans
  • Daily Mail owner sues Google over search results
  • EU looks to prospectively ban AI across many uses
  • Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence
  • Google subsidiary moved $75bn in profits through Ireland in 2019 using "double-Irish"
  • Facebook plans to go after Clubhouse and podcasts with a suite of new audio products
  • Dollars flow to live audio as moderation problems loom
  • Facebook oversight board delays decision on Trump ban to 'the coming weeks'
  • Apple confirms it will allow Parler to return to App Store
  • Amazon is opening a hair salon with an AR color bar
  • Amazon Plans Furniture Assembly Service to Catch Wayfair
  • Meet Ameronothrus on Twitter, a new bug discovered via a tweet
  • TikTok Has a New Filter That Shapeshifts You Into a Movie Character, and You Need to See This
  • Latest food fad on TikTok: twisted bacon
  • Google Earth’s historical 3D time-lapses show the ravages of climate change
  • Google Meet is getting a UI refresh next month with smarter meeting features
  • Fitbit’s Luxe is a fashion-focused fitness band that costs $149.95
  • Chrome OS 90 rolling out: Live Caption, Diagnostics app, and more
  • Google is adding a price-tracking tool to Chrome for Android
  • Google rolling out Android 12 Developer Preview 3 for Pixel phones
  • Google Search adds AR Pac-Man, 3D Hello Kitty, Gundam, and other Japanese characters
  • South by Southwest Stake Is Sold to Owner of Rolling Stone in Effort to Keep Festival Alive
  • Debunking the Vegas Loop
  • NASA picks SpaceX's Starship to land Artemis astronauts on the moon
  • Nintendo founding family's site
  • Whole Foods Launching Amazon Palm Reader Payment System in Seattle


  • Ant: Relatively Normal Podcast
  • Jeff: Historical yearly trends in the usage statistics of content management systems
  • Stacey: Caséta by Lutron

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