🎧 This Week in Google #400: Toot, Not Tweet

This Week in Google #400: Toot, Not Tweet by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
Burger King's new ad sets off Google Home on purpose. Mastodon is great, but it's not a Twitter killer. Facebook's $14 million investment in reputable news. How to keep from being dragged off a plane. Whatever happened to Google Books' plan to digitize all books?

Kevin Marks guests on the show and discusses Indieweb, Mastodon, and GNU Social beginning at about 1:18:00 into the show.

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🎧 This Week in Google #399: Oath It!

This Week in Google #399: Oath It! by Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham, and Mike Elgan (TWIT.tv)
YouTube TV launches in 5 US cities with a sports-heavy lineup that could end cable dominance once and for all. Google will combine Google Home and mesh Wi-Fi. Facial Recognition will end all privacy. Facebook, Mozilla, and Craigslist founders will fight fake news with new $14 million foundation. The American botnet that helps Trump take over Twitter. James Comey's personal Twitter account sleuthed.

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🎧 This Week in Google #398: None More Black

This Week in Google #398: None More Black by Jeff Jarvis, Jason Howell, and Kevin Marks (Twit.tv)
Leo is out - Jason Howell dives into the Android O Developer Preview. Samsung announced the bezel-free Galaxy S8 today, along with a new Gear 360, Connect Home router, and virtual assistant Bixby. Google continues to confuse everyone with its messages strategy. More advertisers are boycotting YouTube. Congress kills FCC ISP privacy rules. Android's daddy has a secret new phone. And the blackest paint ever comes in spray form.

I miss the more open-ended philosophical slant that Leo puts on this series in contrast to Jason’s more news-y rundown approach. I’m sure Jason’s method stems from his prior work on C|Net’s Buzz Out Loud and Tech News Today which follow that format/style.

Kevin’s discussion of #100DaysofIndieweb starts at 89:04 into the episode.

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🎧 This Week in Google #396: Mechanical Turking

This Week in Google #396: Mechanical Turking by Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham (twig.tv, March 15, 2017)
Guests: Danny Sullivan

South By Southwest news from Austin local Stacey Higginbotham. 100 announcements from Google Cloud Next. Can Google fix its "one true answer" problem? U.S. charges 4 Russians with Yahoo Hack. The best iPhone case ever.

Danny's Article: Your guide to using Google Assistant and the Google search app on Android & iPhone
Stacey's Thing: Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote



The Google search issue that’s discussed reminds me of the problems in World War I in which larger guns and more automatic guns rose to prominence and gave one side an edge over the other. The solution sadly becomes arming the other side similarly, but who will do that and how is that going to occur?

After the end, I’m more tempted than usual to go out and do some home automation…

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🎧 This Week in Google #395: Shake it like a Polaroid

This Week in Google #395: Shake it like a Polaroid by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv, March 8, 2017 )
Google's Algorithm is lying to you about Obama, women, and onions. All the News from the Google Cloud Next Conference. Wikileaks' CIA hacking tools and their funny names. Mark Zuckerberg finally gets a Harvard degree. Twitch's new Twitter killing app. Nest's secretive upcoming projects. The MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.<br><br> Stacey's Thing: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8<br> Jeff's Number: Top Google Play downloads over 5 years<br> Leo's Tool: Adobe Lightroom for Pixel

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🎧 This Week in Google #394: Tartigrade Feeding Time

This Week in Google #394: Tartigrade Feeding Time by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
No more Pixel laptops. Google's confusing Android Messages strategy hinges on RCS. Uber sued by Waymo and women, and yelled at by its own drivers. Amazon S3 outage. Is posting on Facebook a Constitutional right? YouTube's streaming TV service. Boston Dynamics' Handle robot, robot-made pizza, and Pizza Hut-ordering shoes.

Stacey's Thing: Bond IR appliance controller
Jeff's Number: YouTube streams more than 1 billion hours of video every day
Leo's Pick: Bill Gates' David S. Pumpkins-esqu Reddit AMA announcement


How have I missed David S. Pumpkins all this time?

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🎧 This Week in Google 393: Echo, Watch Roku

This Week in Google 393: Echo, Watch Roku by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
The Facebook funnel of distribution of the internet, the economics of attention with content, Uber "bro-grammers," Google uses machine learning for music, a doll that is capable of spying banned in Germany, and a browser for Philip Hue Lights. Recorded February 22, 2017

Some great conversation on content and platform/distribution in the opening topic on Facebook. I wish they’d stayed on this topic a bit longer and gone into more depth.


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🎧 This Week in Google 392: Buried in the Common Area

This Week in Google 392: Buried in the Common Area by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
DeepMind learns to be aggressive as it gets smarter. Verizon reintroduces unlimited data. Leo reviews the Samsung Chromebook Plus. Amazon releases a Skype competitor called Chime. Space X will launch over 4,000 satellites to cover the world in broadband internet. Google Fiber is back. Bill Gates is the nicest man on Earth. Recorded February 15, 2017

Jeff's Number: 120 Million children's lives saved
Stacey's Thing: Pew report on Algorithms
Leo's Tool: Keybase Chat

The story about DeepMind learning to be aggressive as it gets smarter is quite interesting and could provide an interesting model of larger interconnected societies. Smaller groups require more civility while larger may not. The question is how to interconnect groups to help cut down on the aggressiveness. Perhaps some of the network ideas in the toy mathematical models from Stuart Kauffman could be useful here? This could be a very interesting problem to work on.


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🎧 This Week in Google 391: Probe Placement Problem

This Week in Google 391: Probe Placement Problem by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
The LG Sport and Style, the first Android 2.0 watches, come out this week. ACLU Amazon Dash Button. Vizio TV settles with FTC for $2.2 million over secret viewer tracking. House passes email privacy act. Facebook filters fake news in France. Google and H&M team up to design dresses.

Stacey's Things: Sergeant Tabata and Logitec ZeroTouch with Alexa
Jeff's Number: 1003 #resist Meetups
Leo's Tool: Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special on Netflix


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🎧 This Week in Google 390: Bacon Shortage

This Week in Google 390: Bacon Shortage by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
Bacon reserves at a 50 year low. Our picks for the best tech billionaires' apocalypse bunker islands. Musical Trump tweets. Club Penguin shuts down. Super scary walking robots with wheels. Facebook de-verifies God. Google beats Q4 estimates; Facebook stomps all over them. Released: Feb 1st 2017

Jeff's Number: 97% of voice apps are used for one week
Stacey's Thing: Flash Forward Podcast
Leo's Tool: June Oven


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🎧 This Week in Google 389: Ajit Prop

This Week in Google 389: Ajit Prop by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
Guests: Mathew Ingram
Trump's new Chairman of the FCC and the implications for net neutrality. Oscar nominations announced, a first for Amazon. Vine is dead, but you can still watch them. Google I/O and speculation about possible announcements. Dropcam's co-founder jumps ship and is headed to Apple. Elon Musk has a possible new venture. Samsung and LG report earnings. What phone does Trump use at night and how secure is it?

Jeff's Number: How Many Ads -- including for fake news -- Google killed in 2016
Stacy's Thing: Eve Light Switch
Matthew's Pick: 60DB

Playing a bit of catch up…

There’s a particularly nice discussion of the potential future of net neutrality here. Surprisingly Leo sounds hopeful about the whole thing.

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This Week in Google 388: A Doctor in Industry

This Week in Google 388: A Doctor in Industry by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, Kevin Marks (twit.tv)
Jeff Jarvis' report from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Artificial intelligences of the future. Google smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 to launch February 9th. The most common passwords of 2016. Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fires caused by... the battery, details to follow January 23rd.

Jeff's Number: 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer
Stacey's Thing: Stringify
Kevin's Stuff: Homebrew Website Club, Webmention, Micro.blog
Leo's Tools: The Nicest Place on the Internet, Astronaut.io, The Internet Archive

Word of the day:

A piebald or pied animal is one that has a pattern of pigmented spots on an unpigmented (white) background of hair, feathers or scales.

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This Week in Google 387: Mommy’s Special Shawl

This Week in Google 387: Mommy's Special Shawl by Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
Stacey's LONG list of great IoT gadgets at CES. The Ara modular smartphone's rise and fall. The death of Google Hangouts API. WayMo makes LIDAR way cheaper. Marissa Mayer to leave Yahoo after sale. Bogus "inventor of e-mail" sues Techdirt. Aaron's Thing: The Onion Omega2 Stacey's Do Buy: truMedic Instashiatsu Plus Neck and Shoulder Massager Stacey's Don't Buy: GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Door Sensor Leo's Thing: Project Fi - A World of Thanks

This Week in Google 386: You Got Something Jammed in There Good

This Week in Google 386: You Got Something Jammed in There Good by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis (twit.tv)
How targeted ads on Google and Facebook are affecting politics and destroying mass media. CES 2017: Alexa everywhere, Samsung's Chromebook Pro, Asus ZenFones, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. Google Home's New Year Resolutions. Jeff's Number: Celebrity Telethon on Facebook Live vs. Trump inauguration Mathew's Stuff: From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck (Spoilers) Leo's Tool: Pre-register Super Mario Run for Android

This Week in Google 384: Schmoopie

This Week in Google 384: Schmoopie by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham (twit.tv)
What the world searched for in 2016, Mark Zuckerberg's AI home assistant sounds like Morgan Freeman, fake news, Uber loses $3 billion, Tom Wheeler quits the FCC, Waymo minivans. Stacey's Thing: Canary Flex Jeff's Number: $250 million home for tech in NYC Leo's Tool: Netgear Orbi