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

Aug 18th 2021

This Week in Google 625

You Can't Handle the Waffle!

T-Mobile hack, robots write code, YikYak is back, Matter delayed
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Category: News
  • 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.


  • 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

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