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

Dec 15th 2021

This Week in Google 642

A Clattering of Smart Phones

Log4Shell, Assange extradition, person of the year, Meta naming rights

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Category: News
  • Hackers Backed by China Seen Exploiting Security Flaw in Internet Software.
  • US wins appeal over extradition of WikiLeaks founder.
  • Elon Musk: Person of the Year 2021.
  • Elon Musk named Financial Times 'person of the year' .
  • Ant Pruitt named TWiT of the Year.
  • Monkey NFT Typo Causes Seller To Lose Out On $297,000.
  • Pixel Launcher, ‘At a Glance’ unintentionally sends out Philippines storm warning globally.
  • How a bug in Android and Microsoft Teams could have caused this user’s 911 call to fail.
  • Apple Removes All References to Controversial CSAM Scanning Feature From Its Child Safety Webpage.
  • Better CEO 'Taking Time Off Effective Immediately'.
  • MGM Resorts Job Seekers Can Try Out Roles in VR Before Starting.
  • Google is threatening to fire unvaccinated employees.
  • Deadly Collapse at Amazon Warehouse Puts Spotlight on Phone Ban
  • Twitter adds auto captions feature to make videos more accessible.
  • Why publishers like Vox Media are merging with their biggest rivals.
  • Internet Association, once a top tech lobby, to fold at end of year.
  • Google to give additional staff bonus this year.
  • Woman lost @metaverse Instagram handle days after Facebook name change.
  • Facebook owner is behind $60 mln deal for Meta name rights.
  • Instagram quietly hits 2 billion monthly users.
  • Grand Theft Auto video game ban proposed by Illinois State Rep. Marcus Evans.
  • December security patch rolling out to Pixel 6 and 6 Pro with 80 bug fixes.
  • Pixel Stand (2nd gen) starts shipping with first orders arriving this week.
  • ‘High-power’ 21/23W charging on Pixel 6 & Pro with new Pixel Stand requires December update.
  • YouTube TV could lose Disney, ABC, & ESPN channels this week, price drop if deal not reached.
  • Google releases a new Wear OS 3 preview, offering a better look at the design outside of Samsung.
  • Correcting the history of IoT.
  • @Nicky_Dover: The Internet of Things boldly asks "what if everything in your house works like that new printer your mom just got"
  • Toyota Made Its Key Fob Remote Start Into a Subscription Service.


  • Stacey - Peppermint Brownie Cookies.
  • Stacey - Flic 2 Starter Kit.
  • Jeff - New elevator data tells the story of the movement of people in cities globally.
  • Jeff - 52 things I learned in 2021.
  • Leo - Minecraft crosses 1 trillion views on YouTube.
  • Ant - New "Adobe Creative Cloud Express" is super useful.
  • Ant - Christmas Tuba Extravaganza.

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