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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Alphabet’s (NASDAQ 🙂 Google and Amazon.com (NASDAQ 🙂 top the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee next week, along with an executive from the maker of speakers Sonos (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc, which has been critical of the two tech giants.
Ryan McCrate, associate general counsel, will speak on behalf of Amazon, while public policy specialist Wilson White will testify for Google, Senators Amy Klobuchar, chair of the panel, and Mike Lee, the leading Republican, said in a statement.
Also at the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, Sonos legal counsel Eddie Lazarus will testify, according to the statement.
In testimony before Congress in 2020, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence accused Google and Amazon of using their dominance of search and online retail, respectively, to subsidize the smart speaker market and potentially dominate the market for other smart home devices. Amazon makes the Echo smart speakers and the Alexa virtual assistant, while Google makes the Nest series of smart speakers.
The hearing takes place at a time of extraordinary antitrust scrutiny from America’s largest technology companies. One result has been a series of investigations and various federal and state lawsuits filed against Google and Facebook (NASDAQ :).
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