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

May 12th 2021

This Week in Google 611

A Self Described Grim Countenance

Project CHIP's new name, Tile's Sidewalk deal, RIP Type 1 fonts
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Category: News
  • Project CHIP gets a new name and so does the Zigbee Alliance
  • With Tile deal Amazon’s Sidewalk network just became more interesting
  • US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack
  • Google Plans to Double AI Ethics Research Staff
  • YouTube will pay $100 million to people who make popular videos for its TikTok competitor
  • Tech giants have all become creator companies
  • Cory Doctorow: How copyright filters lead to wage-theft
  • Apple robbed the mob's bank
  • Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter
  • Why does every advert look the same? Blame Corporate Memphis
  • Adobe is dropping PostScript Type 1 font support. Be prepared for the change
  • Google Pay US users can now send money to users in India and Singapore
  • Google Fiber finally has a logo over a decade after launch
  • Google brings Gboard to Wear OS for first major app launch in years, more teased for 2021
  • Google Assistant Family Broadcasts from Smart Displays can now appear on phones
  • Alexa, who are you? New book identifies Amazon’s secret voiceover artist
  • The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’
  • Anti-Maskers Ready to Start Masking—to Protect Themselves From the Vaccinated
  • Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin
  • Elon Musk says Tesla will stop accepting bitcoin for car purchases, citing environmental concerns
  • Study Finds No Link Between Time Teens’ Spend On Tech Devices And Mental Health Problems
  • Ebay has officially opened its platform to NFT sales


  • Stacey - M5Stack Core2 ESP32 IoT Development Kit for AWS IoT EduKit
  • Jeff - Amazon’s $300 million tax bill rejected by EU judges
  • Leo - Stumbled - The greatest Sites of the Internet

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