This Week in Google with Leo Laporte

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 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 20:00 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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