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

May 18th 2022

This Week in Google 664


Twitter doubles down, big tech fights Texas HB 30, Google's new Bay View HQ
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Category: News
  • Elon Musk Says His $44 Billion Twitter Deal Is ‘On Hold’. 
  • Twitter turns the tables on Musk, will “enforce” merger. 
  • Texas HB 20: Tech asks SCOTUS to stop Texas social media law. 
  • What is the likelihood of HB 20 being undone? 
  • Did Twitch Violate Texas’ Social Media Law By Removing Mass Murderer’s Live Stream Of His Killing Spree? 
  • You can't always blame algorithms. 
  • Kim Kardashian stars on first-ever Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover: Reality star poses in tiny bikinis for racy lagoon shoot - as Elon Musk's 74-year-old mom Maye, Ciara, and plus-size model Yumi Nu all grace front of the famed magazine. 
  • People’s print magazine faces possible closure amid newsroom chaos: sources. 
  • Netflix Hit By Layoffs; About 150 Mostly U.S.-Based Employees Affected. 
  • 1st monkeypox case in US this year reported in Massachusetts. 
  • jollibee's Viral Dance (Worth It). 
  • Google opens its Bay View HQ, the first campus it designed itself. 
  • Report spotlights vast scale of adtech’s ‘biggest data breach’. 
  • Apple Machine Learning Director Who Left Over Office Return Policy Joins Google. 
  • Google lets personal users stay on ‘no-cost Legacy G Suite’ with custom Gmail domain. 
  • Don’t Try to Regulate Google Ads. 
  • Google Messages users in India are reportedly drowning in ads. 
  • Google Will Declare Bankruptcy In Russia, Says Russian Authorities Seized Bank Account. 
  • China’s Internet Censors Try a New Trick: Revealing Users’ Locations. 
  • Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s billionaire lifestyle: Meta’s CEO may dress down (in US$400 T-shirts), but he splurges on Hawaiian land, mansions, top-notch security, private jets and luxury cars. 
  • Living the #ConventLife. 
  • TikTok ruins everything. 
  • TikTok’s new ad product gives creators a chance to partner with marketers on branded content. 
  • YouTube now highlights the most replayed parts of videos to let you skip the boring parts. 
  • ‘Protected by Android’ is Google’s new security branding for the OS. 
  • Google’s AI-powered ‘Interview Warmup’ lets you practice answering job questions. 
  • Nest Hub Max rolling out ‘Look and Talk’ for Google Assistant – here’s how to turn it on. 
  • Google Play system updates for May bring Nearby Share to self, Google Help redesign, and more. 
  • Shuffled By the iPod. 


  • Shoshana - Make (formerly Integromat). 
  • Ant - Godox SL-60W CRI 95+ LED Video Light. 
  • Ant - The Inspirational Creativity of Mr. Derek Blanks. 
  • Jeff - GrubHub $15 off chaos.

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