Cloud Computing: Google`s Schmidt Asked About ?Cooked? Search Results in Senate Hearing

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-22 Print this article Print
Sen. Mike Lee Challenges Google Search Results

Sen. Mike Lee Challenges Google Search Results

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) came after Schmidt aggressively by presenting a chart with information about Google search results for 650 different product-related searches. When Lee asked why Google ranked third in most of the results, Schmidt smoothly said he'd need to see the technical details to provide a direct answer, but added that Lee's likening of Google's product results and those of product comparison Websites are like comparing apples to oranges. Then Lee came right to the point of the hearing: "You've cooked it so that you're always third." Schmidt: "Senator, may I simply say that I can assure you we've not cooked anything." If that was the Senate's best play to trap Schmidt into saying something he might regret later, it failed miserably.
The Senate's antitrust hearing Sept. 21 provided plenty of issues for pundits to pontificate on. But there was only one big question that the senators wanted Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to answer: Is Google running a monopoly? But as much as they poked and prodded him with this overriding question, Schmidt swatted aside most of the verbal attacks like annoying flies at a backyard barbecue. This was no roast of Schmidt, who claimed Google isn't cooking anything, though there were some laughs to be had. Most of those came courtesy of Al Franken (D-Minn.), who was funnier at the hearing than he ever was on the "Saturday Night Live" comedy show on television. Here are some of the standout comments from senators, who either tried to get Schmidt to admit Google is a monopolist or asked him to get Google to serve free broadband to their states. Need more? See the recording of the hearing on C-Span here.

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