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

Aug 25th 2021

This Week in Google 626

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OnlyFans undoes porn ban, Fit Charge 5, Prop. 22 unconstitutional
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Category: News
  • Facebook says post that cast doubt on covid-19 vaccine was most popular on the platform from January through March.
  • Zeynep Tufekci Joins The New York Times as an Opinion Columnist.
  • OnlyFans no longer plans to ban porn, saying in abrupt U-turn that it wants to be a 'home for all creators'.
  • Richard J. Meislin, Times Editor and Web Journalism Pioneer, Dies at 68.
  • NYT crossword puzzle no longer works in third-party apps, crosses puzzle solvers.
  • Mastercard to end magnetic strip on cards.
  • Bear Makes Off With Amazon Package From Bristol Porch.
  • Don’t overthink it: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot is a joke.
  • The First Step Toward Protecting Everyone Else From Teslas.
  • Fitbit's New Charge 5 Has a Rounded Design and a Color Screen.
  • Court: CA’s Prop. 22 on Uber, Lyft drivers unconstitutional.
  • The official Waymo blog: Welcoming our first riders in San Francisco.
  • Google is shutting down Android Auto phone app.
  • Google Meet now warns you when you're causing an echo.
  • Android 12 Beta 4.1 rolling out with Pixel bug fixes, including for VPN & notifications.
  • Google Chrome will let you save Tab Groups so you don’t have to keep recreating them
  • Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G officially discontinued in lead-up to the Pixel 6 launch.
  • YouTube says its Partner Program now has 2 million members.
  • Google says geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands.

Picks:

  • Stacey - Nest Cam with battery and Nest Doorbell with battery
  • Jeff - Startups spend more on Airbnb than in office rent
  • Leo - The end to 7-digit phone dialing is coming this October

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