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

Aug 16th 2023

This Week in Google 729

Waffle Party

Robotaxi victory in California, broadcast TV in trouble, Chrome Topics, Google Hotel

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Category: News
  • Google's updates to NFL Sunday Ticket, including flexible billing, student plans, live chat, polls, and more
  • Linear TV viewing falling below 50% for the first time
  • Streaming gaining more market share, but subscription costs rising
  • Congressional inquiry into harmful data broker practices
  • Google using AI to generate key points in web pages
  • Google considering allowing AI summaries directly in search results
  • YouTube cracking down on videos promoting ineffective cancer cures
  • Google Photos getting AI-powered auto-generated titles and organization
  • Google Slides enabling presenters to draw and annotate while presenting
  • Changes coming to YouTube Shorts, including blocking links to combat spam
  • Google's hotel for employees during COVID now offering discounted rates as they push back towards in-office work
  • California allowing self-driving cars to operate in San Francisco 24/7, leading to traffic jams
  • Google eliminating many of its private label consumer product brands due to poor sales and distrust
  • Internet Archive being sued by record labels for digitizing and hosting out of print 78rpm records
  • Update on researcher Joan Donovan's firing from Harvard and new role at Boston University
  • Proposal for new rules regulating data brokers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Analysis of surveillance capitalism and its effects on society
  • Discussion on public distrust of medical institutions and ""elite"" doctors
  • Speculation on Elon Musk's erratic behavior on Twitter including visiting Mark Zuckerberg's house
  • Review of the movie Oppenheimer and how its portrayal connects to the ethical dilemmas of technology
  • Several lighter topics including bollards on Twitter, introducing grandparents to TikTok, and AI-generated poetry


  • Stacey - Homey Pro
  • Jeff - She introduced Grandpa to TikTok
  • Ant - Better Smartphone Photography with Lisa Carney at Donner Lake
  • Ant - In-Person or Online: How You Can Support Maui Wildfire Relief

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