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Google Search Boss Says Company Invests to Avoid Becoming 'Roadkill'

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Raghavan, 63, has spent more than 11 years at Google, with stints running its applications and ads operations.

Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s head of search, said he was always worried about his company staying ahead of the competition.

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The Justice Department has spent weeks arguing in a federal antitrust trial that Google has built an impenetrable barrier around its search business with strong-arm tactics and multibillion-dollar deals.

But a Google executive said on Thursday that he didn't see it that way. He sees a world of threats that could humble his company at any moment.

Google presented a starkly different picture of how it has built and maintained the internet's most dominant business as it began its defense in the landmark trial. The key, said Prabhakar Raghavan, Google's senior vice president overseeing search and other products, has been constant investment and innovation.

Raghavan described Google's path from its once-unimaginable rise over his former employer Yahoo to fears that its business could be disrupted by formidable competitors.

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