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

Sep 29th 2021

This Week in Google 631

Mr. Goxx

Amazon Astro robot, Russian social media ban threat, Instagram Kids, YouTube bans Mercola
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Category: News
  • Facebook will publish some of its research on teens and Instagram.
  • Facebook suspends plan to launch Instagram Kids app as critics circle.
  • The ridiculous reason why He-Man rides around on a big green cat.
  • Facebook’s Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show.
  • YouTube is banning Joseph Mercola and a handful of other anti-vaccine activists.
  • Russia threatens YouTube ban after RT German channels blocked for covid videos.
  • The Things That Matter From Today’s Amazon Event.
  • Amazon Glow is a video chat gadget with built-in games to keep kids engaged.
  • Alexa Together turns your loved one's Echo into an emergency support device.
  • Amazon's $250 Echo Show 15 is a smart display for your wall.
  • Leaked Documents Show How Amazon’s Astro Robot Tracks Everything You Do.
  • Pets #CaughtOnNestCam.
  • Hey, Disney!' Amazon and Disney welcome a new era of Alexa-like voice assistants.
  • Recycled gator.
  • Seeing-eye robot.
  • Google Pushes to Overturn EU’s $5 Billion Antitrust Decision on Android.
  • Activision to pay $18 million settlement over workplace misconduct.
  • DeepMind’s AI predicts almost exactly when and where it’s going to rain.
  • The SHOP SAFE Act Is A Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces.
  • CNN Restricts Access to Facebook Pages in Australia.
  • Nielsen releases data from latest Nielsen Digital Landscape report.
  • News Consumption Across Social Media in 2021.
  • Google Maps is getting better at mapping wildfires.
  • New ‘Google Illustrations’ tool lets you build a custom profile picture for Gmail.
  • Live translated captions in Google Meet available in beta.
  • Google Search launches redesign with more images, suggestions, and ‘Things to know’
  • Google hosting virtual Android Dev Summit 2021 next month, Chrome event in November.
  • Google Assistant losing Issa Rae ‘Cameo Voice’ next week.
  • Chrome 94 rolling out as first release in the new 4-week update cycle.
  • Was famed Samson and Delilah really painted by Rubens? No, says AI.
  • After IBM failed to sail an autonomous boat across the Atlantic, it’s trying again.
  • Samoa Scraps Daylight Saving Time.
  • Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors.
  • China’s central bank says all cryptocurrency-related activities are illegal, vows harsh crackdown.
  • A Teenager On TikTok Disrupted Thousands of Scientific Studies With a Single Video.
  • Trump pushing Microsoft to buy TikTok was ‘strangest thing I’ve ever worked on,’ says Satya Nadella.
  • TikTok hits 1 billion users.
  • Old trucker, young kitten.


  • Stacey - RISC-V ESP32 dev board for $10
  • Jeff - Tech legislation tracker
  • Ant - Ripple Training - Davinci Resolve (code office-hours-50)
  • Ant - Ab Rollers: So Simple, Yet So TOUGH

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