Google to face congressional antitrust hearing

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt will testify this week before a U.S. Senate panel investigating anti-trust issues, the New York Times and others are reporting.

At issue is whether Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), among other things, gives its own businesses better positioning in web search results than those of its competitors. Google says it doesn’t do that.

Questions over Google’s use of its market strength are reminiscent of complaints about Microsoft, which was also accused of taking unfair advantage of the widespread use of its Windows computer operating software to direct potential customers away from competing businesses.