WASHINGTON (AP) - Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
says the company operates in a tough competitive arena and isn't
using its dominance in Internet search to stifle competitors.
Schmidt is testifying Wednesday at a hearing by a Senate panel
examining whether Google is abusing its power to thwart competition
by placing links to its own content and services at the top of
search results to the disadvantage of its rivals' links.
Schmidt told lawmakers that Google won't make the same mistakes
as Microsoft Corp., which was curbed by the government several
years ago when it was deemed to be exercising monopoly power.
Schmidt says consumers will correct mistakes the company makes.
Schmidt insists that Google could easily be unseated by better
technology because competition is only a "click away" on the
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