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

Jan 4th 2023

This Week in Google 697

Don't Track Me, Bro

CES 2022, Meta EU mega-fine, facial recognition arrest, Shift Happens

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Guests: Glenn Fleishman
Category: News
  • This Device Will Not Let You LOL Unless You Mean It.
  • The Mutalk Microphone Seals Your Voice In Virtual Reality.
  • Bird Buddy’s new smart hummingbird feeder can photograph and identify 350 different bird species.
  • Roku Is Now Making Its Own TVs.
  • Sony breaks from tradition and won’t announce new TVs at CES 2023.
  • This Virtual Twitch Streamer is Controlled Entirely By AI.
  • Bills safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest.
  • YouTube TV lands Sunday Ticket with deal between Google, NFL.
  • European regulators ruled Meta can’t use its contracts with users to justify sending them ads based on their online activity, a blow to the digital advertising industry.
  • Shift Happens.
  • Typewriter art.
  • Public Domain Expansion 2022: Highlights of the Harlem Renaissance and Modernist Writers in HathiTrust’s Newly Opened Volumes.
  • False Match That Led to Arrest Highlights Danger of Facial Recognition.
  • Even the FBI says you should use an ad blocker.
  • Ana de Armas Fans’ Lawsuit Puts Studios at Risk Over Deceptive Trailers.
  • ByteDance Inquiry Finds Employees Obtained User Data of 2 Journalists.
  • Google and Meta’s Advertising Dominance Fades as TikTok, Streamers Emerge.
  • Elon Musk Becomes First Person Ever to Lose $200 Billion.
  • Twitter's San Francisco HQ reportedly a hub of stinky smells.
  • Mastodon 9 million: growth continues in fits and starts (but not all millions are the same).
  • Eugen turns down VC investment; vows to stay nonprofit.
  • friendica – A Decentralized Social Network.


  • Jeff - Golden Gate gets $400 million for earthquake retrofit.
  • Leo - Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann.
  • Ant - Coach Prime on Amazon.
  • Glenn - Robert Garcia plans swearing in on part on a Superman comic.
  • Jeff - George Santos humor.

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