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

Dec 8th 2021

This Week in Google 641

Don't Touch My Fun Noodle!

Year in search, chronological Instagram, YouTube transparency report

Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.
Category: News
  • is live!
  • Year in search 2021.
  • Instagram head Adam Mosseri says the app will offer a chronological feed option early next year.
  • Right-wing activists are openly 'weaponizing' Twitter's new private media policy.
  • Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center.
  • The morning in the Estonian capital began with a traffic jam of... robot couriers! Because of the snowfall, they stalled and could not move.
  • The macaques of Bali have learned to steal valuables from tourists to trade these back against food.
  • Rep. Devin Nunes to leave Congress to become Trump media company CEO.
  • Politico slammed for 'inventing a disease' to criticize Kamala Harris for not using Bluetooth.
  • Roku, Google settle messy battle over YouTube distribution.
  • Seeking a common language for self-driving cars.
  • YouTube copyright transparency report: 2.2 million bogus reports.
  • Here’s everything new in Android 12L Beta 1.
  • Pixel December security patch: Google fixes nearly 100 Android 12, Pixel 6, & other issues with December update.
  • December Pixel Feature Drop: Hands-on with all the new additions.
  • Fix for the Android Auto/Pixel 6 problem.
  • Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed by Senate to lead the FCC.
  • TikTok Just Unveiled Its Most Viral Trends of 2021.
  • How TikTok Reads Your Mind.
  • The CIA Is Deep Into Cryptocurrency, Director Reveals.
  • Google temporarily disrupts a botnet that infected 1 million PCs.
  • CEO fires 900 employees over Zoom.
  • An Australian man who claimed to have invented bitcoin wins US court battle for fortune worth billions.
  • Oh no... According to Newsmax, the Pope is dying! I'll have to let him know the next time he comes over.
  • Nirit Weiss-Blatt: Her expensive book, Techlash, is now an inexpensive audiobook.
  • Where the Earth is flat and 9/11 is an inside job: A comparative algorithm audit of conspiratorial information in web search results.
  • Rohingya refugees sue Facebook over Myanmar hate speech.
  • Today, Amazon launches Alexa Together.
  • Amazon, can we have our name back?
  • Three Steps to the Future - Benedict Evans.
  • BuzzFeed Stock Turns Lower in Its Nasdaq Trading Debut.
  • China's Yutu 2 rover spots a cube-shaped 'mystery hut' on the far side of the moon.
  • Pantone unveils Color of the Year for 2022.


  • Stacey - AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future.
  • Ant - Support Chester's BBQ Sauce.
  • Ant - Words of Wisdom.
  • Jeff - Laughing fox.
  • Jeff - How Elon Musk sold 10 million Tesla shares and increased his Tesla holdings.

Download or subscribe to this show at

Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at