Amazon and Google executives top the list of US Senate committee antitrust hearings


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 ‘s Google and (NASDAQ 🙂 are keeping the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Justice Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee next week along with an executive from speaker maker Sonos (NASDAQ: ) Inc, which has criticized the two tech giants.

Ryan McCrate, an associate general counsel, will speak for Amazon while public policy specialist Wilson White will testify for Google, Senators Amy Klobuchar, chairman of the panel, and Mike Lee, Republican chief, said in a statement.

Sonos General Counsel Eddie Lazarus will also testify at the hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the statement said.

In a congress statement in 2020, Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos, accused Google and Amazon of using their dominance in search and online retail to subsidize the market for smart speakers and possibly the market for other smart homes Devices to dominate. Amazon makes Echo smart speakers and the virtual assistant Alexa, while Google makes the Nest series of smart speakers.

The hearing takes place at a time of extraordinary antitrust scrutiny of the largest US technology companies. One result was a series of investigations and several federal and state lawsuits against Google and Facebook (NASDAQ :).

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