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

Feb 17th 2021

This Week in Google 599

You Lost Me at Zucchini

Google's News Corp deal, Facebook pulls news from Australia, Android Snow Cone
Records live every Wednesday at 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.
Category: News
  • Google and News Corp sign global multiyear licensing deal
  • Google proposes way for Fuchsia OS to run Android and Linux programs ‘natively’
  • Android 12 “Snow Cone”: Everything we know so far about Google’s next big update!
  • Leo is losing interest in Android
  • Microsoft tried to acquire Pinterest, FT reports
  • Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, cutting into Windows market share
  • France fines Google 1.1 million euros over hotel rankings practices
  • Waymo begins robo-taxi tests in San Francisco
  • Facebook pulls news out of News Feed in Australia
  • Feta shortage
  • Supermicro Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier Over Years
  • Nothing owns the Essential brand
  • Security bugs left unpatched in Android app with one billion downloads
  • Verizon $6b bid to buy Tracfone
  • AT&T scrambles to install fiber for 90-year-old after his viral WSJ ad | Ars Technica
  • A new video editor, plus enhanced editing features
  • YouTube TV will add 4K streaming, more simultaneous streams for an additional price
  • Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet, and other online education tools
  • Google bringing Material Design to the web in a significant way with WordPress plugin
  • Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app
  • Google Play Store can now share apps and updates with nearby devices
  • Fitbit smartwatches and trackers are now sold at the Google Store
  • Google Assistant unofficially comes to Windows, macOS w/ useful custom client
  • Google Prompt 2FA UI on Android gets much-needed dark theme


  • Stacey: PeakFinder
  • Leo: Pinboard
  • Jeff: 9k comments to FBOB on Trump ban
  • Ant: Apex Percussion on YouTube

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