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

Feb 2nd 2022

This Week in Google 649

Tone Deaf and Loud

Big Quarter for Pixel 6, Spotify's platform rules, too late for Android tablets?
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Category: News
  • Google results + 20-for-1 stock split.
  • Google breaks $200b annual revenue.
  • Peter Kafka: Web3 is the future, or a scam, or both.
  • Google's Pixel phones had their best quarter ever.
  • Google Pixel 6a: here's everything we know so far.
  • Facebook’s Shares Plunge 20% After Profit Decline.
  • Meta plans to break out the results of its AR and VR hardware unit, Reality Labs, for the first time when it reports Q4 results on February 2.
  • Spotify Takes Down Neil Young’s Music After His Joe Rogan Ultimatum.
  • Joe Rogan defends podcast and apologizes to Spotify for backlash.
  • Spotify’s Platform Rules and Approach to COVID-19.
  • Jeff's article: Jarvis statement to Senate hearing on "Breaking the News".
  • This is a bonkers, awesome story! North Korea hacked this dude, so he hacked it back.
  • Google believes ‘Android Tablets’ are ‘future of computing’ w/ an Android cofounder part of push.
  • The ambitious Android tablet option Google tossed away.
  • Interesting Mike Isaac theory on Apple v FB v Google.
  • GOP Sen. Lee to intro bill to break up Google's ad business.
  • Gaming Chromebooks are on the way with full RGB keyboards.
  • Google Cloud is hiring a legion of blockchain experts to expand its business.
  • Google increases parental-leave policy to nearly 6 months and adds more vacation time for employees in a boost to well-being benefits.
  • Google could soon limit WhatsApp chat backup size on Drive.
  • First C2PA spec for assuring provenance of online media.
  • Facebook’s cryptocurrency failure came after internal conflict and regulatory pushback.
  • Jack Dorsey: Diem was a waste of time, Meta should’ve focused on BTC.
  • Your work Gmail is about to look different.
  • Google relents: Legacy G Suite users will be able to migrate to free accounts.
  • YouTube’s video player is getting a new look on Android and iOS.
  • The Google One VPN is now available on iPhones.
  • Google Messages starts rolling out iMessage reactions, but emoji translations are not quite 1:1.
  • Pixel 4a removed from the Google Store after being out of stock for months.
  • Pixel 3 loses unlimited ‘Original’ photo backups today; ending a novel differentiator for Google.
  • Zuckerberg warns that other users in a Messenger chat will be told when one participant takes a screenshot.
  • Joby Aviation wants to conduct dramatic eVTOL flights over San Francisco Bay.
  • Metaverse real estate sales top $500 million and are projected to double this year.

Picks:

  • Stacey - Termination Shock
  • Jeff - YouTube beats Neflix in revenue
  • Jeff - Hank Green Has A Problem With TikTok’s Creator Fund: “When TikTok Becomes More Successful, TikTokers Become Less Successful.”
  • Ant - Ant Interviewed by San Diego Mobile Film Festival
  • Ant - Finally Got 'Em
  • Jason - New York Times buys viral "Wordle" game
  • Jason - Wordle will be free forever because you can right-click to save the whole game

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