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"The Power of Google" Senate Judiciary Hearings - archived video

6:34 am on Sep 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The 09/21/2011 Google Antitrust hearings were televised on C-SPAN3, and live video was streamed from the US Senate site. I'm not seeing anything about the archive of the Senate video coverage elsewhere, so I'm posting it here. A roughly 3-hour archive of the hearing coverage is available online. There is no permalink per se to a dated archive page, but there are several ways of finding the video. I'll include various, in case some links are dropped over time....

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Senate Judiciary Resources - Webcast Archive
(You will need to navigate to the hearing by date)

The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?
Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
09/21/2011 02:00 PM

Here's a direct link to the video player...

The hearing itself starts out about 25:10 into the video file. Al Franken's very eloquent testimony, regarding both his admiration for Google and his concerns about its power, starts at about 90:15.

Here's brief one comment, starting at c91:15, that gets to his core concern....

I am admittedly skeptical of big companies that simultaneously control both information and the distribution channels of that information, and to me that is at the heart of the problem here....

After Franken's statement there's an exchange with Eric Schmidt that gets into Place pages and the issues with Yelp.

I haven't watched the entire 3 hour video, but I assume it includes all the sessions for the day.

Thanks to Frank Watson for his Search Engine Watch article that led me to the Senate video... [searchenginewatch.com...]
4:06 pm on Sept 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Schmidt should become a politician or at least an advisor to one. He'd do very well at that.
4:26 pm on Sept 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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wow. wow wow.

So ive watched a lot of this now. If you want to watch a Google CEO scramble and dodge questions then pull up a seat. He really does get torn a new one.

I'm very much enjoying it. If you cannot see through the PR machine now you really must be asleep or have another agenda. Id be shocked if the government doesn't step in, that's as a regular joe/consumer.

ie; if i had just seen this on the news as someone who is not a webmaster id be thinking christ Google is gonna get it they've clearly been up to no good.

I think that's important, it's not about unhappy webmasters anymore, other people are joining that queue.
5:06 pm on Sept 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We should push for another hearing on Panda and the Vince update that ruined small business for biased Google's profit. Let's look at the emails and the algo.
5:10 pm on Sept 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Schmidt said - "Its impossible to algorithmically find and demote copyright content" re: - torrent websites.

A five year old could find a footprint with them.

So how they managed to differentiate so easily between good and bad sites for panda is beyond me.

Spin spin and more spin. They just tell you what you want to hear on all fronts, then do what they like.

I fell off my chair when they brought up the pharma case.

Schmidt: I've been advised i cant comment on that.
Anti-trust: I've just been advised you can.
Schmidt: No comment.