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

Jan 26th 2022

This Week in Google 648

Band Saws and Butt Joints

FLoC is dead, and facial scanning, Neil Young gone from Spotify
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Category: News
  • Google: Goodbye FLOC, hello Topics.
  • German publishers raise new opposition to Google’s third-party cookie plans.
  • Google proposes a new way to track people around the Web. Again.
  • Why Amazon is ramping up its push for legalizing marijuana.
  • FLoC is dead. But Topics won’t fix Google’s ad targeting problems.
  • IRS Will Require Facial Recognition Scans to Access Your Taxes.
  • IRS Will Soon Require Selfies for Online Access.
  • End Of The Line For Google Cloud’s G Suite Legacy Free Edition.
  • G suite migration.
  • We Studied 81,000 Page Titles - Google Rewrote 61% Of Them.
  • British law groups recommend immunity for drivers of self-driving cars.
  • The self-driving car industry is abandoning the term ‘self-driving’ and leaving it to Tesla.
  • - The electric car that drives to you.
  • Chicago Public Media to acquire the Sun-Times.
  • Neil Young Demands Spotify Remove His Music Over ‘False Information About Vaccines’
  • Missing: the shows from these big Spotify announcements.
  • Samsung officially announces February 9 launch event for Galaxy S22.
  • N.Korean internet downed by suspected cyberattacks -researchers.
  • Hacktivists say they hacked the Belarus rail system to stop Russian military buildup.
  • Manufacturers have less than five days’ supply of some computer chips, Commerce Department says.
  • You no longer have to say ‘Hey Google’ to get the Assistant to shut up.
  • Pixel’s big At a Glance upgrade starts rolling out with more Google Clock & fitness integrations.
  • Google Chat adds rich text formatting on the web, rolling out now.
  • YouTube Music will soon work for supervised kid accounts enrolled with Family Link.
  • Oh, please, can we have a TWiG mini-musical? By brandonethridgemusic on TikTok.
  • Mark Cuban's latest business venture is a cash-only pharmacy that takes aim at crushing drug prices.
  • Meta ad for Horizon.


  • Stacey - Hestan Cue: The World's Most Advanced Smart Cooking System
  • Jeff - Twitter kills Worldle-killing bot
  • Ant - Ant on Because We Make Podcast
  • Ant - News Anchor Hit by a Car
  • Ant - Good Luck, #hardhead

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