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Google, Amazon Defend Home Device Business in Antitrust Hearing

Amazon Unveils New Alexa-Driven Devices
Photographer: Chloe Collyer/Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc. defended their smart-speaker businesses as U.S. senators warned the grip the companies have over the market could harm competition and consumer privacy.

Republicans and Democrats at a hearing Tuesday raised concerns about what they said were anticompetitive practices such as selling devices below cost and promoting their own services over those of competitors on their platforms.