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On Sept 21, Eric Schmidt of Google will be testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. For those interested here is a list of the witnesses who will also be testifying...notice Yelp will be there to talk about why Google is evil.

 

DATE: September 21, 2011
TIME: 02:00 PM
ROOM: Dirksen 226
OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST:

Witness List

 

 

“The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?”
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
2:00 p.m.


Panel I

Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman
Google Inc.
Mountain View, CA

Panel II

Jeff Katz
Chief Executive Officer
Nextag, Inc.
San Mateo, CA

Jeremy Stoppelman
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Yelp, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Thomas O. Barnett
Partner
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC

Susan A. Creighton
Partner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC
Washington, DC

 

Here is something from a firm called Fair Search Coalition. If you are a Google hater, this site is for you.

 

FACT SHEET

 

Fair Search Fact Sheet
Fair Search Fact Sheet

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Comment by Keith Shetterly on September 19, 2011 at 1:57pm

Google is a huge USA success story.  Besides my previous comments, I'll also say this:  More damage to commerce is done every day by all the idiot talking heads of the large media conglomerates than Google ever does.  One word from somebody, and everybody is scared of something; somebody else pitches hate, and everybody is arguing and not solving anything.  And not buying anything because we are on the Edge of the Apocalypse (and we'll be right back after this commercial, so stay tuned!).  And I don't just mean that media hype "fill-in-the-blank-stream-media", I mean left, right, or middle--I mean EVERY media outlet.

I went through this with the DOJ when I worked for Microsoft, and I will say that Microsoft appeared to have done far more than this little ".org" site pulls together on Google.  So, I say what my Granny always said:  "Be careful who you point at accusingly, because your other fingers are pointing at YOU."  I'd like these Cadre of Complainers to answer EXACTLY ALL OF THE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEMSELVES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ASKED OF GOOGLE.

Comment by Jim Canto on September 19, 2011 at 1:18pm
I only singled out Yelp because the post mentioned they'll be "Yelping" about Google's practices in the hearing. I don't even care that the company in question is Google. It's the principle of the situation that strike me. We are on Google's property. I really don't understand the challenge being brought against them. Though I have not looked deeply into the situation. On the surface, it seems a bit silly.
Comment by Scott Falcone on September 19, 2011 at 11:02am

Jim,

 

Don't get me started on Yelp...I agree with your thoughts on them. I only included it as a curious point of reference. The hearings are available on webcast and I think I will actually watch it just to hear what they have to say. Not a fan.

Comment by Jim Canto on September 19, 2011 at 10:13am

Hmmm.. I wonder if Yelp pushes any of THEIR info into preferred positions on their results pages? 

 

It's crazy. Google earned their place AND they own the digital real estate. What's the question?

Comment by Keith Shetterly on September 19, 2011 at 9:27am

Oh.  And lest we forget, at least Google ALLOWS organic search on SERP1.  Anybody in the dominant vehicle search (vehicle listing, to us) companies that allows that?

 

Er.  No.

 

Google isn't perfect and is clearly financially motivated.  Just because they are very big doesn't make them the worst offender, at least in the retail automotive vertical.

 

Yeah, I said that, too.

Comment by Keith Shetterly on September 19, 2011 at 7:33am

I think I'd like a Congressional committee meeting to discuss 3rd party auto listing sites that charge you money and THEN also sell ads around YOUR Vehicle Detail Pages (VDPs).  And 3rd party review sites that charge you money to buy (most) of the ads around reviews of YOUR business.

 

Yeah, I said it.

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