Friday, July 8, 2011

Google "fully cooperate" with the U.S. antitrust authorities

The Deputy Executive Director of Google, Eric Schmidt, said Thursday that the company "fully cooperate" with the U.S. antitrust authorities, at a conference on new technologies in Idaho. Google is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and another investigation of the U.S. Senate Committee on abuse of dominance, which has repeatedly complained about the lack of cooperation of the search engine.

The senators have threatened to convene formally Eric Schmidt to compel him to testify if the search continued to ignore his requests. Schmidt, who left the seat of CEO of search engine co-founder Larry Page in April, is now responsible for relations with governments. He declined to give figures on the deployment of Google +, the social network launched by surprise by Google to compete with Facebook, but said the video chat feature known a great success.

Mr. Schmidt also said he "would love to have a greater integration of Twitter and Facebook" in Google +. The search engine is in conflict with Facebook on access to address books of their respective users, Google also has an agreement with Twitter for its search service in real time, including the renewal failed for lack of agreement on its terms.

Regarding the presence of Google in China, Eric Schmidt confirmed that discussions had taken place between representatives of Google and politicians Chinese a month ago, the search engine had complained of hacking attempts targeting multiple accounts Google Chinese dissidents and journalists.

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