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

Jan 27th 2021

This Week in Google 596

Squeezing the Shorts

Gamestop stock and Reddit, $60 Ring doorbell, Goodbye Loon, Nextdoor
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Category: News
  • Put Bernie Anywhere!
  • Online trading platforms see a surge in usage as Redditors take on Wall Street
  • Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising
  • Google says it may have found a privacy-friendly substitute to cookies
  • Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper
  • Ring launches $60 entry doorbell
  • Google's puritanical algo censors .ass
  • Alphabet Pops Loon’s Balloons—but Won't Call It a Failure
  • Google will turn some of its offices into COVID-19 vaccination sites
  • Letter from Susan: Our 2021 Priorities
  • Referring Former President Trump’s Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
  • YouTube extends Trump's suspension for a second time
  • Facebook says it will dial down politics
  • Dept. of Unintended Consequences: Ad bans hurting campaigns
  • Latest Twitter acquisition: newsletter platform Revue
  • Twitter opening up archive to researchers for free
  • Twitter establishes Birdwatch: crowdsourced flagging and checking of tweets
  • @jack's @bluesky releases ecosystem status report
  • Google ‘My Activity’ page gets rare web dark theme on mobile and desktop
  • Google redesigns mobile Search on Android and iOS to be easier to read
  • Chrome now hides notification content when screen sharing to keep alerts private
  • Chrome OS 88 rolling out Smart Display-like screen saver with Google Photos, weather
  • YouTube․com is now available to install as a Progressive Web App
  • Google Lens for Android rolling out offline translate capability
  • Google Photos for Android gets tablet-optimized interface
  • Stacey's forebears: Westinghouse Total Electric Home
  • Sony announces the Xperia Pro smartphone with a dedicated HDMI input for $2,499.99
  • Google Maps on Android Automotive gets better at planning EV charging stops


  • Stacey: Hilda on Netflix
  • Jeff: Fall of Silicon Valley
  • Ant: The GizFiz
  • Leo: Model 100 Portable Computer Kit by READY! Computer Corporation

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