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

Feb 16th 2022

This Week in Google 651

The Voltron of Terrible

Android Privacy Sandbox, EARN IT mistakes, Spotify's big buys, Metamates

Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 21:00 UTC.
Guests: Cathy Gellis
Category: News
  • Google to limit Android tracking; Social media, ad-tech names slump.
  • Spotify Buys Podcast Analytics Firms Podsights and Chartable.
  • Top 25 US papers have total circ of 3.1m.
  • Coinbase’s bouncing QR code Super Bowl ad was so popular it crashed the app.
  • Don't Miss Out on Crypto: Larry David FTX Commercial.
  • Crypto apps soar in popularity after Super Bowl splurge.
  • All Superbowl ads: Relevant: Amazon mind-reader, Polestar, Coinbase.
  • Doctorow: A comprehensive synthesis of the technological, ecological and political critique of blockchainism.
  • Move fast, rename things: Facebook tries to boost morale with new slogans.
  • Facebook rebrands News Feed after more than 15 years.
  • Meta’s Clegg Promoted as Zuckerberg Steps Back From Policy.
  • The Top Ten Mistakes Senators Made During Today's EARN IT Markup.
  • Senator Klobuchar's Next Unconstitutional Speech Control Bill: The NUDGE Act.
  • U.S. Copyright Office Consultation Triggers Massive “Upload Filter” Opposition.
  • Robots Have No Place Filtering Creative Content, EFF Tells U.S. Copyright Office.
  • YouTube's Content ID System Flags, Demonetizes Video Of Cat Purring.
  • Judge to dismiss Sarah Palin case against N.Y. Times regardless of jury verdict.
  • So nice they killed it twice: Google+’s business pivot is dead.
  • Trump teases first post on new Twitter-like TRUTH Social site.
  • Peter Thiel backs conservative dating app The Right Stuff.
  • How a Secret Assault Allegation Against an Anchor Upended CNN and Jeff Zucker.
  • Nearly a quarter of Americans get news from podcasts.
  • Big Gmail redesign starts rolling out to personal accounts as Google explains how the new UI works.
  • It's the end of Google's free storage plan.
  • Google Drive’s new filters that make search easier are rolling out to everyone.
  • Google Docs getting AI-generated summaries, collaborative email templates, and more.
  • Android 13 deep dive: Every change, thoroughly documented.
  • Google Home 2.48 brings Android TV remote to iOS, tweaks for Wifi graphs.
  • Google Play Store now shows new app install progress directly on the homescreen.
  • Google is bringing Chrome OS to PCs and Macs.
  • The race to reconnect Tonga.
  • The Worst Timeline: A Printer Company Is Putting DRM in Paper Now.
  • Trading.TV raises $8M to be Robinhood-Twitch combo.


  • Leo - The Genesis Machine by Amy Webb
  • Jeff - Disney is developing planned communities for fans who never want to leave its clutches
  • Ant - Particle Illusion by Boris FX
  • Ant - Calibrate Your Monitors with a Spyder
  • Ant - Thanks for Ordering Ant's Old School "NFTs"

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