In a reply to Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Google chairman Eric Schmidt cited many reasons to argue that Google is under pressure of competition and whatever Google does is right, which I found lame. You can read the full reply in the above document.
Some of them I want to highlight are,
1) “Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”.
OMG.. Seriously? He is saying Siri is a threat to Google. Someone should tell him that Siri can’t answer anything other than the pre-defined 10 questions in various use cases like weather, appointment setup, etc. Also Siri uses Google when it doesn’t find answers which happens most of the time.
2) On Yelp issue where Google is promoting its local search results over Yelp’s local results in the SERP,
Google is saying that once Yelp founder said “I worry about neither[Google and Groupon]”. They also added that Yelp can promote itself in many other ways by advertising, etc. They even cited that Yelp is growing at good pace, so Google doesn’t affect it..
There is an another great comedy in his reply. He cites Techcrunch as a respected technology site and the post by MG Siegler(Apple fanboy) where he describes Siri as the threat to Google. They also cite some other post where they describe Siri as Google Killer..
My Question is : Is Google Trying To Fool Anti-trust Committee ??