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

Aug 9th 2023

This Week in Google 728

Stupid Dove Nests

Z Flip 5, Google antitrust, BlueJeans, Project IDX, Tetris lawsuit

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Category: News
  • Leo shows off his Galaxy Z Flip 5.
  • Judge Narrows Scope of Coming Trial Over Google Monopoly Claims.
  • Musk’s X Fined $350,000 in Secret Justice Department Fight Over Trump Records.
  • Google Changes Name of Ad Product Amid Inventory Quality Scandal.
  • Norway fines Meta 1M crowns per day over behavioural ads feud.
  • Tech writer sues Apple, claiming Tetris movie ripped off his ‘Cold War thriller’ book.
  • BlueJeans, Verizon's Google Meet competitor, is shutting down.
  • Zoom AI tools trained using some customer data, updated terms say.
  • Google says AI systems should be able to mine publishers’ work unless companies opt out.
  • I Would Rather See My Books Get Pirated Than This (Or: Why Goodreads and Amazon Are Becoming Dumpster Fires).
  • Henrietta Lacks' family reaches settlement over use of immortal 'HeLa cells'.
  • ‘Every single’ Amazon team is working on generative AI, says CEO.
  • AI 'red teams' race to find bias and harms in chatbots like ChatGPT.
  • Google Chrome switching to weekly security patch updates.
  • Google moves forward with plan to delete inactive accounts.
  • Google Messages now encrypts RCS conversations by default.
  • Gmail for Android and iOS adding translate feature.
  • Google gives Pixel Tablet first discount 1.5 months after launch.
  • California regulators to decide the future of Cruise and Waymo.
  • YouTube will stop showing videos on the homepage if your watch history is off.
  • WeWork Raises ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Staying in Business.
  • Netflix is winding down its DVD business after 25 years.
  • MrBeast Facing $100 Million Lawsuit After Dissing Own Burgers.
  • Curiosity Rover Finds ‘Striking’ Evidence of Habitable Seasons on Mars.
  • The Expanse Online Auction.
  • Introducing Project IDX, An Experiment to Improve Full-stack, Multiplatform App Development.
  • $5 billion Google lawsuit over ‘incognito mode’ tracking moves a step closer to trial.
  • Rhoda Karpatkin, Who Led Consumer Reports for Decades, Dies at 93.
  • Rest in peace Bram Moolenaar, author of Vim and hero of many developers.


  • Stacey - SmartThings Energy.
  • Leo - The Sad Bastard Cookbook by tRaum Books.
  • Jeff - ESPN Strikes $2 Billion Sports-Betting Deal With Penn Entertainment.
  • Ant - The Best $9 You Can Spend. 

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