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Innovation Imperative: Insights from Google Executive Testimony on Avoiding the Innovation 'Road Kill'

Navigating Innovation Challenges: Google Executive's Testimony Unveils Battle Against Rivals

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) — Prabhakar Raghavan, a senior executive at Google, shed light on the formidable challenges posed by smaller competitors during his testimony on Thursday. Focused on steering Google clear of becoming "the next road kill," Raghavan's insights came forth during an ongoing antitrust trial initiated by the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of state attorneys general. The lawsuit alleges that Google, under Alphabet's umbrella, unlawfully exploited its dominance in the search-engine market to uphold a monopoly.

In response to questioning about a 1998 article highlighting Yahoo!'s dominance in search, Raghavan emphasized his acute awareness of the competitive landscape. From Expedia.com to Instagram and TikTok, a myriad of platforms vies for user attention. "I feel a keen sense not to become the next road kill," expressed Raghavan, who serves as a senior vice president at Google, reporting to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Raghavan disclosed that Google dedicates a substantial workforce, boasting 8,000 engineers and product managers, with approximately 1,000 focused on search quality. This narrative of Google's struggle for relevance contradicted the Justice Department's portrayal of a behemoth accused of breaking antitrust laws to sustain dominance in online search and advertising.

While Google maintains a staggering share of almost 90% in the search engine market, Raghavan acknowledged diverse competitors, including Microsoft's Bing in general search and specialized engines like Expedia.com. He expressed particular concern about Amazon.com as a formidable adversary. Notably, younger demographics are steering towards platforms like TikTok and other social media apps for searches, prompting Raghavan to remark, "Where young people go, older people follow."

Addressing the term "Grandpa Google," Raghavan acknowledged hearing it, lamenting that while Google remains reliable for tasks like homework, users tend to explore elsewhere for more engaging content.

The antitrust trial, initiated in September, is scheduled to conclude in mid-November.

Reporting by Diane Bartz, Editing by Tomasz Janowski

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