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

Jun 9th 2021

This Week in Google 615

Bob is Unimpressed

Bezos in space, Twitter Blue, Biden gives TikTok a pass, FaceTime on Android
Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.
Category: News
  • FBI and Australian police ran an encrypted chat platform to catch criminal gang
  • In Response to Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit
  • Facebook reverses policy protecting politicians from engaging in harmful speech
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change
  • Twitter Blue paid subscription service launches with special features
  • How TikTok's algorithm seems to work
  • WWDC 2021: What Apple’s HomeKit strategy means for the smart home
  • Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat
  • FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web
  • Will Apple Mail threaten the newsletter boom?
  • The 1619 Project
  • Google boosts Android privacy protections in attempt to rival Apple
  • Google News Showcase Targeted by Germany Antitrust Chief Andreas Mundt
  • Google's new subsea cable handles data surge between US, Brazil, Argentina
  • Android 12 Beta 2: Google’s Privacy focus arrives with camera/mic shutoffs, dashboard, more
  • Google unveils $99 Pixel Buds A-Series with upgraded connectivity, no volume swipe gesture
  • Related: Google fixed the frustrating audio cutouts on Pixel Buds A-Series — Here’s how
  • Stadia is coming to Chromecast w/ Google TV and select Android TV devices on June 23
  • Chromecast with Google TV update adds ‘Stadia support,’ improves Bluetooth latency, more
  • June Pixel Feature Drop: Astrophotography video, Photos Locked Folder, and more
  • Google pulls the plug on ARCore-powered ‘Measure’ app; no longer available to new users
  • Google Nest Hub & Hub Max get a more feature-rich browser complete with keyboard
  • Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility
  • Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions
  • Jeff Bezos and his brother will fly on Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight with auction winner
  • Is the viral banana-peel ‘bacon’ worth the hype? We made it, and we’re not convinced
  • Feds recover more than $2 million in ransomware payments from Colonial Pipeline hackers
  • El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after passing law


  • Stacey - Nanoleaf Element First Look
  • Jeff - Oxford University Press to end centuries of tradition by closing its printing arm
  • Jeff - Lego typewriter #1
  • Ant - Grandpa's description of selfie he took in 1952 blows away the internet: 'A pioneer'
  • Ant - Babyshark, no not THAT Babyshark
  • Ant - PLANTastic POT HEADS

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