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

Sep 15th 2021

This Week in Google 629

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Category: News
  • Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.
  • Facebook sent flawed data to misinformation researchers.
  • Instagram’s Met Gala 2021 Table Took the Best Class Photo With Meg Thee Stallion, Saweetie & More.
  • Announcing the 2021 Ig Nobel Prize winners.
  • Intuit is buying Mailchimp for $12 billion to focus on small businesses.
  • Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell posted their own take on TikTok's a cappella 'Grace Kelly' challenge.
  • How to watch the Inspiration4 launch, SpaceX’s first fully private mission to space.
  • Amazon boosts hourly pay to over $18, to hire 125,000 workers.
  • Amazon to pay full college tuition for front-line employees.
  • Amazon Launches Its First TVs: Fire TV Omni Series with 4K Ultra HD.
  • Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says it’s ‘hard to argue’ its retail business is a monopoly.
  • Amazon CEO Andy Jassy: ‘It’s still early days for us in media’.
  • The next Big Tech battle: Amazon’s bet on healthcare begins to take shape.
  • Amazon gives Kindle e-readers a rare user interface overhaul.
  • Update Google Chrome Immediately.
  • South Korea Fines Google for Abusing Smartphone Dominance.
  • Otherworldly 'time crystal' made inside Google quantum computer could change physics forever.
  • Google's voice assistant in new EU antitrust investigation, MLex reports.
  • Germany’s ‘sovereign cloud’ is coming—and it’s provided by Google.
  • Google finishes laying a giant undersea internet cable stretching 3,300 miles from New York to the UK and Spain.
  • Google hypes the Pixel 6 in Japan with bag of ‘Google Original [Potato] Chips’.
  • Google hosting ‘Search On’ 2021 keynote later this month.
  • Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving Mode's long-awaited home screen UI.
  • Google Photos will now ship individual prints directly to your door.
  • Google search is finally officially getting dark mode on desktop.
  • Area 120’s ‘Museletter’ turns your Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides into paid newsletters.
  • Google now lets you ask to join ‘Pixel Superfans’ with a simple sign-up form.
  • Google One quietly adds 5TB storage plan for $24.99/month following Photos changes.


  • Stacey - Luci for making power wheelchairs smart
  • Jeff - 12 billion doses in arms are required to get the majority of adults vaccinated. We stand at about 5.5 billion & have been averaging 1 billion/month
  • Jeff - Pixel Buds Series A
  • Jeff - Back to the office
  • Ant - Wanderers Photo Workshop Moved
  • Ant - Dry Bar is Underrated and also Greg Morton

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