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

Jan 20th 2021

This Week in Google 595

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POTUS transition on Twitter, Brave adds IPFS, Bernie mitten memes
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Category: News
  • President pardons ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski
  • The reset of presidential Twitter accounts
  • A notable drop in misinformation attributed to Twitter's Trump ban
  • Google cuts off another AI expert in the company
  • Google Research report shows its accomplishments in AI
  • Google tests blocking news from search in Australia
  • youtube-dl reinstated thanks to the EFF
  • U.S. judge in Facebook antitrust lawsuits sets March, April deadlines for responses
  • Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law
  • Cory Doctorow on the Deplatforming of the (former) President
  • TikTok users make Bridgerton, the Musical
  • Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb”
  • Biden Has a Peloton Bike. That Raises Issues at the White House
  • Biden SEC pick is no stranger to crypto
  • Trump administration adds China's Comac, Xiaomi to Chinese military blacklist
  • In hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders
  • Brave becomes first browser to add native support for the IPFS protocol
  • Developer Makes Interactive Map of Parler Videos From Capitol Hill Riots
  • MIT review has a guide to ethical online investigation
  • Bernie mitten memes!
  • Chrome 88 rolling out with a number of changes
  • Gmail now lets you resize Google Chat, Rooms in the web sidebar
  • Google cuts off acceess for Chromium browsers to sync, other services
  • The Google Play Store adds icons to show chart position changes
  • Google rolling out Winter Seasonal Savings to Nest Thermostats
  • Google previewing new Nest Hub alarms with more customization, tones, and ‘Sunrise’
  • Google Maps making streets, nature much more detailed
  • Google Store stops selling the two-year-old Pixel USB-C earbuds
  • Stadia's new State Share features lands with the release of Hitman 3
  • The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021)
  • Malwarebytes says it was hacked by group that breached SolarWinds, via Azure and Office 365 exploits
  • Trump seeks to curb foreign cyber meddling on last day in office
  • Pocket Casts is up for sale nearly three years after acquisition by public radio consortium


  • Ant: Thank you to the Heroes image
  • Stacey: $10 GE grow light
  • Jeff: Digital reading exploded during the pandemic
  • Jeff: Netflix has reached 200 million customers

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