This week, we're light on the catch-up and heavy on the information dump. Andy and Flo discuss the impact of Google Walkout organizer, Meredith Whittaker's, departure from the company. We'll also explain what recently transpired between Google and the U.S. Congress, and how the company is attempting to fight "stalkerware" apps.
Material 211: Fresh Fruit Out of Season
It's summer sale time! This week, Andy and Flo run you through some of the better deals in the Google Store, including a massive discount on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. After the first break, we'll dive into the 1,000 Android apps taking your data despite permission blocks. Then, we'll discuss the Twitter thread by Google Photos product lead David Lieb asking for feedback on the service, and why your IP68-rated phone isn't water resistant.
Material 210: Independence Day
It's a holiday in the US, but we still managed to find something to discuss. Andy and Flo start with some excellent deals (nothing screams "independence!" like flash sales). After the break, we'll talk about Google's version of Apple's AirDrop (oh please, oh please!) and the new developer site for those interested in playing with Fuschia. We'll also chat about some new features coming to Google Docs, and how Google is helping turn "robots.txt" into a truly open standard.
Material 209: Drop Dead Weight
After a minor bit of catchup, Andy and Flo dive into why Google told employees that protesting YouTube alongside the company's official San Francisco Pride float is a big no-no. We'll also discuss why Google is saying _au revoir_ to making tablets, and why we agree with Bill Gates.
Material 208: That Was Genius
Flo is working on adopting a new hobby this summer, and Andy tells us how he missed out on that Android-based netbook. After the break, we discuss why Google's $1 billion investment in housing for the Bay Area isn't entirely altruism, and how the company got caught stealing lyrics from Genius. We also talk about how indexing video is the next essential step for search, and how fun it could be to make a game with Google's drag-and-drop Game Builder.