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

May 3rd 2023

This Week in Google 714

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Bluesky, Passkeys, VICE bankruptcy, Photos search

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Category: News
  • Bluesky buzz: Why the social media platform is being called the next Twitter.  
  • The Best Dressed Stars From the 2023 Met Gala.  
  • Google accounts now support passkeys for password-free sign-in.  
  • Google plans to add end-to-end encryption to Authenticator.  
  • For Bluesky to thrive, it needs sex workers and Black Twitter.  
  • Chrome replacing HTTPS lock icon with Material You redesign.  
  • Pornhub Blocks All of Utah From Its Site. 
  • Writers Guild On Strike Against Hollywood Studios As Contract Talks With Fail.  
  • Vice Is Said to Be Headed for Bankruptcy.  
  • ‘The Godfather of AI’ Quits Google and Warns of Danger Ahead.  
  • IBM to Pause Hiring for ‘Back-Office’ Jobs That AI Could Kill.  
  • Edtech Chegg tumbles as ChatGPT threat prompts revenue warning.  
  • Consciousness, Artificial Intelligence, and Our Search for Meaning: Oliver Sacks on ChatGPT, 30 Years Before ChatGPT.  
  • Why Chatbots Are Not the Future.  
  • Google Photos is getting a more powerful search.  
  • Stability introduces AI that can incorporate text into images.  
  • LinkedIn Cofounder Reid Hoffman Launches a ChatGPT Rival. 
  • Kamala Harris to discuss A.I. in meeting with Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic CEOs. 
  • A Brain Scanner Combined with an AI Language Model Can Provide a Glimpse into Your Thoughts.  
  • New Standard for Car Entry Using Your Smartphone (UWB and Bluetooth).  
  • Bluesky codes for sale for $150+  
  • Publishers insist platforms owe them money for linking to them but whine when they don't link.  
  • Gmail is adding a blue checkmark to better verify senders.  
  • Google officially teases the Pixel 7a, confirming May 11 availability.  
  • Your Google TV Just Got a Nice Performance and Storage Boost.  
  • Nest Hub 2nd Gen updates to Google’s Fuchsia operating system.  
  • Android 13 with May security patch live; download Pixel OTA image now. 
  • YouTube Music is officially launching podcasts in the US on Android, iOS, and the web. 


  • Stacey - UnaBell, Smart Button for IoT.  
  • Jeff - Apple’s Unionized Store Workers Seek Tips and Higher Holiday Pay.  
  • Jeff - a font of type (Ryan Cordell's U of I class)  
  • Ant - Black Community Version of Succession?  
  • Ant - The Michael Jordan of YouTube? (bad pun, I know)

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