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#245: Google in the Time of Coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020 · 47 minutes

Flo is back, albeit solo, because the Material podcast and its hosts are practicing social distancing. Flo muses about life as a new parent, then launches into a rant about how it isn't fun hanging out in Hangouts anymore. Then, we talk about Verily's Project Baseline, and why it's a bit unnerving that the US government is relying on private companies to conduct testing for COVID-19. We also mourn the cancellation of Google I/O this year and wonder aloud: if this is the new normal, how will technology conferences exist going forward?

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