This Week in Google with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Paris Martineau, and Ant Pruitt

Feb 9th 2022

This Week in Google 650

Theoreticals Upon Hypotheticals

Galaxy S22 Ultra, Meta's Europe threat, Bitcoin laundering

Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.
Category: News
  • International Space Station will hurtle to Earth in 2031— but it won’t hit you.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a Note successor with a built-in stylus.
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S22 preorder site won’t let you preorder a phone.
  • Samsung’s new tablets go bigger than ever.
  • Unpacking 7 features on the latest Samsung Galaxy devices.
  • Barry Diller’s Media Group Ends Print Versions of InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, Others.
  • Mark Zuckerberg and team consider shutting down Facebook and Instagram in Europe if Meta can not process Europeans' data on US servers.
  • 40 Starlink satellites succumb to geomagnetic storm.
  • Stunning view of SpaceX Starlink satellite breakup over Puerto Rico.
  • There Are Now 1,000 Unicorn Private Company Startups Worth $1 Billion or More.
  • Stuck in KUOW purgatory: Seattle Mazda drivers can't change the radio dial.
  • Radio station snafu in Seattle bricks some Mazda infotainment systems.
  • Feds arrest married couple, seize $3.6 billion in hacked bitcoin funds.
  • IRS abandons facial recognition plans.
  • The end of #lawyercat.
  • Google adds Journeys to Chrome: search your history by topic.
  • Android 12 February security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live.
  • Google’s latest Pixel 6 update breaks things, again.
  • Pixel 3 and 3 XL get final update with February security patch.
  • Android 12L Beta 3 rolling out, including for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
  • Google Chrome icon gets first update in 8 years & will now be customized for iOS, Mac, Windows.
  • Roblox developers and creators earned over $500m in Robux during 2021.
  • UK to require age checks for porn, which in turn requires verifying identity; privacy fight to follow.
  • Nvidia officially terminates its Arm purchase.
  • Google auto-enabled 2SV for over 150M people leading to 50% decrease in compromised accounts.
  • Meta is adding a ‘personal boundary’ to VR avatars to stop harassment.
  • Peter Thiel to exit Facebook’s board to focus on 2022 midterms.


  • Stacey - Black history tour of Seattle
  • Jeff - TikTok media followers
  • Ant - The Ozone Nightmare
  • Ant - Thank you, Miss Robin Roberts

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