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Google has backed down from its previous stance and will let Chairman Eric Schmidt testify before a U.S. Senate committee about competitive issues.Google said “OK” to the demand about an hour ago, ending a standoff.
The Senate Antitrust subcommittee had threatened to subpoena Schmidt or CEO Larry Page, but earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Google was still deciding who to send, and was leaning toward chief legal officer David Drummond.
That’s exactly the kind of cavalier attitude that got Microsoft in so much trouble in the 1990s. Google was wise to give in — there’s no reason to take a stand about something this silly when the FTC has just started investigating Google for antitrust.