GRILLING GOOGLE: A Senate hearing Wednesday gave lawmakers an opportunity to confront Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, about the Internet search leader's business practices.
THE CONCERN: Critics contend Google Inc. has been abusing its power to promote its own services in its search rankings while relegating its rivals to the back pages.
THE RESPONSE: Schmidt countered the attacks by portraying Google as a company constantly striving to make the world a better place.
THE FALLOUT: Several senators skewered Google during Schmidt's 90-minute appearance. That is likely to throw weight behind a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Google's business practices.