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Google’s Pichai Goes to Washington

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is finally going to Washington. He is scheduled to testify next week before the House Judiciary Committee, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Pichai will likely be grilled on a wide range of topics, including data privacy, antitrust and its plans to expand into China with a censored version of its search engine.

Mr. Pichai had previously been invited to testify alongside top Twitter and Facebook executives at a hearing in early September, but he declined (as did Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company). It isn’t clear why Mr. Pichai had a change of heart this time around. Lawmakers won’t be the only audience for Mr. Pichai.  Google employees are likely watch Mr. Pichai’s performance closely since many of them have raised their voices on some of the same issues, including Google’s China plans.

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