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

Aug 4th 2021

This Week in Google 623

The Evil Ceramicist

Bye bye Google ads, how to fight disinformation, Pixel 6 Pro, YouTube Shorts
Records live every Wednesday at 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 20:00 UTC.
Guests: Mike Masnick
Category: News
  • 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

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