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This Week in Tech is the top-ranked flagship tech podcast from Every Sunday, Leo Laporte and a roundtable of insiders explore the week's hottest tech news from AI to robots, and PCs to privacy. When it comes to tech, TWiT is IT.

Records live every Sunday at 5:15pm Eastern / 2:15pm Pacific / 22:15 UTC.
211 Episodes
Zuckerberg says Quest 3 is 'the better product' vs. Apple's Vision Pro Apple to be fined over $500 million under EU antitrust law Fighting the smartphone 'invasion': the French village that voted to ban scrolling in public 2 Twitter books are coming out Bluesky opens up to the public The Reply Guy Constitution Kids Online Safety Act secures enough support to pass Senate Leak of Russian 'Threat' Part of a Bid to Kill US Surveillance Reform, Sources Say Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results Amazon Argues National Labor Relations Board Is Unconstitutional Apple iMessage, Microsoft Bing Dodge EU's Big Tech Crackdown FCC commissioner wants to investigate Apple over Beeper Mini shutdown Bored Apes' creator Yuga Labs acquires Proof, takes over Moonbirds NFT brand Sarah Silverman's copyright infringement suit against OpenAI will advance in pared-down form Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amanda Silberling, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Shoshana Weissmann Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Bluesky Goes Public, Zuck's AI plans The panel discusses the Apple Vision Pro Transcribe Glass X rival Bluesky launches to public with option to pick your algorithm Tech layoff tracker - A general discussion on AI Zuckerberg's Plan for AI Hinges on Your Facebook and Instagram Data The panel looks back at the proto-internet Reddit Doesn't Have to Share IP-Addresses of Piracy Commenters, Court Rules David Kahn, Leading Historian of Codes and Code Breaking, Dies at 93 The passing of John Walker, programmer and co-founder of AutoDesk Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Harry McCracken, and Nicholas De Leon Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
The panel gives their thoughts on the Apple Vision Pro Online safety hearing gets skeptical response from kids, advocates Finance worker pays out $25 million after video call with deepfake 'chief financial officer' Amazon Drops $1.4 Billion iRobot Deal; Vacuum Maker Cuts Jobs There Are 14 Billion Videos on YouTube Elon Musk: First Human Receives Neuralink Brain Chip Google Search officially retires cache link The panel discusses the recent spat of tech industry layoffs Japan finally ends mandatory form submission on floppy disks Amazon Content Spending 2023 Rose 14% to $18.9B for TV, Film and Music Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Lisa Schmeiser, and Wesley Faulkner Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
AI Investing Trends, Taylor Swift Deepfakes 160-180k Apple Vision Pros sold Ben Parr's 110+ Page Slide report I came out with on AI investing trends + predictions in 2023/2024 George Carlin AI Lawsuit: Estate Sues Creators Over Comedy Special Nightshade, the tool that 'poisons' data, gives artists a fighting chance against AI Google News Is Boosting Garbage AI-Generated Articles Taylor Swift explicit AI finally blocked on X after days Tim Sweeney on Europe's new Digital Markets Act iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send You Notifications, Researchers Find N.S.A. Buys Americans' Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says Pokemon-like game has gone viral, 5m+ downloads in a week, lots of questions on copyright Beeper's push for iMessage on Android is really over Police Arrest Teen Said to Be Linked to Hundreds of Swatting Attacks Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Stacey Higginbotham, Ben Parr, and Allyn Malventano Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT
Verizon Fees, AI Translations, Microsoft Hack The panel talks about the Apple Vision pro The Apple Google Duopoly Verizon To Keep Charging Controversial Fee Despite $100 Million Settlement Javier Milei Special Address WITH AI Sam Altman says ChatGPT will evolve in "uncomfortable" ways Sports Illustrated Thrown Into Chaos With Mass Layoffs Origins and definition of "Ensh*ttification" Beeper users say Apple is now blocking their Macs from using iMessage entirely The Quiet Death of Ello's Big Dreams Microsoft 'senior leadership' emails accessed by Russian SolarWinds hackers Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data Among Linguists, the Word of the Year Is More of a Vibe Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cory Doctorow, Iain Thomson, and Alex Lindsay Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT
Padre's CES Haul, Google Layoffs, AI Battery The panel discusses what they saw at CES Padre shows off some toys from CES Volkswagen says it's putting ChatGPT in its cars for 'enriching conversations' Mercedes-Benz's best-in-class voice assistant is getting an AI boost AI-Generated 'George Carlin' Comedy Blasted by Comedian's Daughter SAG-AFTRA strikes deal for AI voice acting licensing in video games at CES 2024 Google Is Laying Off Hundreds of Workers in Its Voice Assistant, AR Teams Microsoft's new battery is a test of AI-infused scientific discovery Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, David Pierce, and Daniel Rubino Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
CES preview The NY Times Lawsuit Against OpenAI A New Kind of AI Copy Can Fully Replicate Famous People. The Law Is Powerless. Elon Musk Has Used Illegal Drugs, Worrying Leaders at Tesla and SpaceX Microsoft's keyboards and mice will live on under a unique new partnership A physical keyboard for your iPhone RIP: Software design pioneer Niklaus Wirth Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb, Christina Warren, and Devindra Hardawar Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Looking back at some of This Week in Tech's best moments from 2023: Rating Google's AI Music Tool MusicLM What is Plaguing Google? Xerox Alto: 50 Year Later Lessons Learned By the SVB Collapse Is Copyright Good For Authors? What's Your (Microsoft) Copilot? Goodbye, Computer Magazines UK Emergency Alert Test A Look At WiFi Pineapple and Flipper Zero Ten Years Since Snowden's Revelations Were Revealed The Seven Deadly Sins and Tech Blind: Anonymous Workplace Gossip Earthquake! Why Apple Ended Its CSAM-Scanning Tool Meta's Uncanny New AI Avatars MIke Elgan's Meta Ray-Ban Smartglasses Host: Leo Laporte Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
In this festive end-of-year episode, Leo gathers some of the veteran hosts of the TWiT network, dubbed "old farts," to reflect on the major tech stories and trends of 2023 while looking ahead to 2024. They debate AI and tech's impact on society, discuss the ups and downs of companies like Twitter, Apple, and SpaceX, reminisce about the early days of computing and the Internet, and more, all with good humor and insight gained from decades in tech. Topics Discussed: The explosion of AI in 2023, from chatbots like ChatGPT to powerful new AI demonstrations. Debate on whether we're nearing AGI (artificial general intelligence) and the societal impacts. The rise and struggles of companies like Facebook/Meta, Netflix, Twitter, Alibaba. Patterns of tech success, failure, and Corey Doctorow's concept of "ensh*tification." Elon Musk: The good (SpaceX, Starlink), bad (Twitter), and unpredictable. Is he still an innovator or has wealth and power corrupted him? Open source, Linux, and big tech's relationship to open ecosystems. Concerns about commercialization diluting open ideals. Looking back on early tech days. How the history of tech contextualizes what's happening today. Nostalgia and optimism for the early Internet days. The revival of space exploration, privatized today by SpaceX and others. What can we expect as we (hopefully) return to the Moon in 2024? Chaos, unpredictability, and the feeling of societal flux as we head into 2024. An uncertain but interesting future awaits. Memorable Quotes: "AI is only dangerous to humans if you give it physical agency in the real world. Combine AI with a robotic dog, and now you got something." - Leo "When are you getting your stupid thing that you wear that has the laser on your hand?" - Jeff to Leo "It's time to hand it over. We're effing up the world. We've done it for centuries. It's time to hand it over." - Jeff on tech leadership "So has anybody played with the Apple ones that have the weird eyeballs?" - Doc on Apple's augmented reality efforts "Chaos is a weird thing. You could have your faucet dripping slowly and almost all of the drips go down and land and that's it, but somehow about a yard off to the one side is a drip" - Steve on increasing chaos Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Jeff Jarvis, Doc Searls, Steve Gibson, and Rod Pyle Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT
AI Math, Zuck's Lair, E3's Demise The panel talks about pinball machines Mark Zuckerberg's underground lair Cox admits to invading your privacy Google Maps gets an update to stop authorities from accessing location history data Apple now requires a judge's consent to hand over push notification data Epic Games wins it's lawsuit, Google ruled as an illegal monopoly Beeper Mini is back, but for how long? Running Signal Will Soon Cost $50 Million a Year Tesla recalls 2 million cars FCC denies Starlink of $885M subsidy Netflix finally releases viewership data E3 is over How do you wordle? Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Brianna Wu, Nate Lanxon, and David Spark Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT promo code TWIT
EU AI Act, 23andMe Hack, Woke Grok Financial Difficulties and Layoffs at Twit AI's Potential and Misleading Demonstrations Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Self-Driving Vehicles Debate on AI Augmentation and Regulation Beeper's Impersonation of Apple's Server' Privacy Risks and Public Benefits Technology Misuse, Cameo Scandal, Criticism AI, Grock, and Free Money Impact The Potential of AI in Advertising Memories of 1000 Van Ness Theater Discussion on Podcasts and Potluck Etiquette Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Denise Howell, Owen Thomas, and Glenn Fleishman Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT for This Week in Tech
Cybertruck is out, ChatGPT turns 1, Black Friday & Cyber Monday, NameDrop ChatGPT's 1st birthday and mainstream AI adoption Microsoft joins OpenAI's board as a non-voting observer Pika raises $55 million for AI video generation tool Amazon launches Q chatbot service for companies Concerns over Q hallucinating responses and leaking data Rethinking reactions to Tesla's Cybertruck design Police warn about issues with NameDrop social media app Why Apple adding RCS may not resolve green vs blue bubbles Apple dropping Goldman Sachs as Apple Card issuer Inside Spotify Wrapped's annual personalized listening stats Fears over Plex exposing users' viewing habits Black Friday online sales hit record $9.8 billion in US Cyber Monday sales beat estimates at $12.4 billion Extreme complexity in rebuilding an ultimate car pinball machine Kiss launches digital avatars for virtual concerts Host: Jason Howell Guests: Rich DeMuro, Tim Stevens, and Abrar Al-Heeti Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWIT
Sam Altman returns as CEO after staff threatened mass resignation Microsoft's role and attempts to hire OpenAI staff Concerns over OpenAI's technology and capabilities Speculation over what caused the OpenAI board member revolt Impact and future of OpenAI as a non-profit and for-profit entity Musk sues Twitter shareholders, sued over ads next to hate speech Musk's behavior on Twitter concerning hate speech and anti-Semitism Truth Social finances and Trump lawsuit against media companies reporting losses EU regulations and lawsuits against tech giants over gatekeeping and anti-competitive behavior Tesla lawsuits over false Autopilot and battery claims Gay furry hackers steal Idaho National Lab nuclear secrets Levandosky launches Church of AI organization Video game addiction lawsuits Google to restrict ad blockers in Manifest V3 update Advertiser boycotts of Twitter Surveillance and the Hemisphere spying scheme Host: Iain Thomson Guests: Doc Rock, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Harry McCracken Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT
Discussion of the surprise firing of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI by the board Explanation of the complicated structure of OpenAI as a nonprofit with a for-profit subsidiary Debate around the board's goals to slow down AI development versus Altman's push for progress Analysis of the ripple effects on Microsoft and partners who invested heavily in OpenAI Thoughts on cautions versus opportunities with generative AI and large language models News about Apple supporting RCS for higher quality messaging with Android Review of PlayStation Portal requiring PS5 for streaming Reactions to misspelled Evangelion motherboard from Asus Anticipation for 4K restoration of The Abyss and True Lies from James Cameron Discussion of YouTube disclosure rules for AI-generated content Analysis of recent advertising pullouts from Twitter and Musk's behavior Talk about pop culture offerings making the hosts happy this week Speculation about resolution of OpenAI leadership by 8pm deadline Host: Devindra Hardawar Guests: Paris Martineau, Alex Lindsay, and Anthony Ha Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: 23_TWiT%5Esponsors_cta Traceroute Podcast
OpenAI GPTs, Humane AI Pin, privacy in cars, Amazon ditching Android OpenAI allowing independent developers to create their own GPTs ("little agents") Agreement between Writers Guild and motion picture producers on use of AI in movies Microsoft investing in OpenAI and implications for cloud services China's investment in AI compared to the US AI appliances like Humane pin and rewindai pendant Dangers of deep fakes and advanced technologies Innovations in pinball like Venom Implications of vehicle data collection for privacy Role of social media in teen mental health Debating investment in Vision Pro, Apple Silicon, M3 Max Controversy around Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Amazon ditching Android for own Linux-based OS on Fire TVs Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Brianna Wu, Dan Patterson, and Janko Roettgers Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
AI Executive Order, Epic vs. Google, Goodbye Mint, Meta Ray-bans Ray-Ban Meta audio quality, cost, battery life, and polarized vs transition lenses Exploring Elon Musk's XAI concept GROK AI How Twitter's declining engagement impacts content creators and prompts API use Concerns about President Biden's executive order on AI regulation and innovation International AI declaration signed at Bletchley Park meeting with Harris and Musk Epic's antitrust lawsuit against Google's Android monopoly and sideloading policies Examining Amazon's Jeff Bezos' move to $147 million Miami mansions Comparing fintech like Mint and Credit Karma to WeWork's scandal and bankruptcy Debate on government officials blocking critics on social media and free speech OpenSea layoffs indicate a cooling NFT market and parallels to Beanie Babies Exploring AI art copyright battles and the value of computer-generated works Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Shoshana Weissmann, Christina Warren, and Mike Elgan Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Cruise suspended in California, UK's Online Safety Bill, Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Debate around self-driving car standards and implications after recent SF accident Controversy over Mark Andreessen's anti-regulation manifesto and risks of stifling progress Taxes paid by tech moguls vs. average people and Microsoft's $29B IRS bill Generational differences in tech use and changes in media landscape Bug bounty programs incentivizing ethical hacking, payouts by Intel and others Social media regulation and protecting children online with First Amendment restrictions UK online safety bill's provisions on child pornography and age verification Media junkets and ethical questions around lavish press events Qualcomm's plans for 30% faster ARM chip to compete with Apple silicon Quarterly earnings from Microsoft, Intel, Google, Meta, and Apple event preview Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Ryan Shrout, Larry Magid, and Alex Wilhelm Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: 23_TWiT%5Esponsors_cta GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT
Net Neutrality, AI Homer Simpson, Meta Glassholes, Jon Stewart Cancelled by Apple         Mark Andreson's manifesto and tech accelerationism Political consequences of facial recognition Social media's role in war crimes and spreading misinformation Facial recognition technology on social media Spread of misinformation by verified accounts on Twitter John Stewart's departure from Apple TV+ over China-related content Implications of AI on art and voice acting Social media's impact on public discourse and national conversations Leo's experience with Omnivore for curated newsletters FCC reignites Net neutrality FCC approval of Super Fast Wi-Fi for VR/AR headsets Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Alex Kantrowitz, Amanda Silberling, and Kashmir Hill Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Microsoft's completed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. How political tension in Israel affects the tech sector. Debating disinformation and First Amendment rights. The influence of articles posted on social media. Legal implications of AI-generated content and copyright. Using AI to scan ancient scrolls and unlock texts. The potential of nuclear power and fusion reactors. Genetic data privacy breach and ethical concerns. Massive botnet DDoS attack on Google. Social media addiction lawsuits. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Louis Maresca, Reed Albergotti, and Denise Howell Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: 23_TWiT%5Esponsors_cta
Google's hidden search, Spotify and audiobooks, X removes headlines Elon Musk removing headlines from Twitter posts and how that enables fake news Concerns about Twitter misinformation affecting the 2024 election Apple considered DuckDuckGo for Safari private search before deciding against it Microsoft close to acquiring Activision Blizzard pending UK regulatory approval Google accused of secret changes to search queries to maximize ad revenue Ransomware attack on MGM hotels and casinos 23andMe customer data breach due to credential stuffing Meta considering charging for Facebook and Instagram access Apple TV adds support for VPNs Spotify expanding into audiobooks Video game Cyberpunk 2077 costing over $400 million to make Digital Equipment Corporation's history and legacy Brave conducting layoffs despite privacy focus CRTC to start regulating online streaming in Canada How gasoline is produced from crude oil Urban air mobility vehicles for intracity travel Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Sam Abuelsamid, Wil Harris, and Glenn Fleishman Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
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Esher (T3k 'n' 5tuff)

Good panel, except Nicolas. He lost all tech credibility forever for liking new Outlook.

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Douglas Boyer

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Oct 4th


It was an ok episode

Jul 19th

J McClary

Adding jutices because you lost the majority is POLITICS and nothing principled. Unsubscribe

Apr 15th


owen dropping the truth about American manufacturing and labor markets as they relate to cost of goods.

Dec 7th


well, another one with an agenda, what a shame.

Jun 5th

Hien P

Elon is the master of marketing.

May 4th

Hien P

Animals are not trial period 🤦‍♂️. There will be a huge increase of animal abandonment or back to the shelter..

Apr 1st

Publius II

I've personally experienced the YouTube rabit hole. I started out as a vocal atheist (which I still am) that lead me to thunder foot who lead me to anti feminist videos which lead me to Sargon of ackad that lead me to sjw which than fed into teal dear and honey badger radio which had me fill blown mra and it wasn't till a friend asked me what I was doing (not like aggressive just genuine inquiry about my day) that I looked at what I was doing and the answer was brainwashing myself

Mar 17th

Ad Viswas

this is way too long to listen much less watch,. I know there is a lot of content but makers have to think about reducing the time.

Feb 21st



Feb 16th

Jason Adams

wow, Leo really has a problem talking over these guests. is it because their women?

Dec 9th

Chad Taylor

couldn't even finish listening. Everyone talking over eachother.

Nov 18th

Justin Rogers

for real that English guy should just leave.

Nov 15th

Evan Morgan

stop cutting each other off holy shit

Nov 11th
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Nonya Business

like, like.

Nov 2nd

Robert Fistler

long time listener tuning out. this show literally just turned into a political talk show. dont we get enough of this garbage all day from all corners of the internet. you can find better tech shows that actually talk about TECH. dont waste your time on this

Oct 14th

Joe Bobst

who's this pretentious aussie trying to take away the windows ive known for 20 years

Sep 3rd
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