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

Jun 16th 2021

This Week in Google 616

Leave It to Beaver

Disinformation, Memes, Twitter's anti-abuse tools, TikTok at VidCon
Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.
Guests: Joan Donovan
Category: News
  • Can Disinformation Be Stopped?
  • Lina Khan Named F.T.C. Chair by Biden
  • Proposed antitrust bills would ban Apple from preinstalling its own iOS apps
  • Regulator v regulator: German government cooperates with Google on health boxes; media regulator objects
  • Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody
  • Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android
  • Google Meet adding second screen ‘Companion Mode’ experience
  • Google abandons experiment to show simplified domain URLs in Chrome
  • Google letting Fiber TV box customers upgrade to free Chromecast with Google TV
  • YouTube TV giving subscribers free TiVo Stream 4K or Chromecast w/ Google TV amid Roku battle
  • You can now add a Coinbase card to Google Pay and pay in crypto
  • New York Senate Passes Electronics Right-to-Repair Legislation
  • Using Facebook Actually Reduces Ethnic Tension, New Study Finds
  • Prince’s ‘Welcome 2 America,’ an Unreleased Album, Is Due Out in July
  • The web’s source code is being auctioned as an NFT by inventor Tim Berners-Lee
  • Bitcoin Taproot upgrade: what it means
  • Twitter is eyeing new anti-abuse tools to give users more control over mentions
  • Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews
  • TikTok takes over the top sponsor spot at VidCon, edging out YouTube


  • Ant - Auntie Bev on TikTok: @yourtimeyourshine
  • Ant - Lupin on Netflix
  • Ant - Congress passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday
  • Jeff - Seeding by Ceding by MacKenzie Scott
  • Joan - If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore
  • Joan - Meme War Weekly

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