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Google beats earnings expectations, but for CEO Larry Page, it's all about 'living, learning and loving'

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The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. The company beat Wall Street expectations with fourth quarter 2012 earnings.

Google beat Wall Street expectations with its fourth quarter 2012 earnings, reported Tuesday. The company made $14.42 billion and earned $10.65 per share (analysts expected $10.52). The Internet search giant continues to prove that search is a very big business and that there's still growth to be had, even as the Internet transitions from PCs to mobile devices. 

On that: of the $14.42 billion that Google brought in for the quarter, $1.51 billion came from Motorola Mobile, a substantial dip from the nearly $2.6 billion that Google saw in the third quarter. At ZDNet, Larry Dignan finds plenty to be confused about here — and that makes sense, given that Google bought what was then called Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Dignan says that, sure, the acquisition was all about Motorola's patents. But $12.5 billion to defend yourself from patent trolls? Doesn't Google want to make a business out of mobile devices?

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Why Google has stopped trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange

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A Google+ logo is seen at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The search giant ran into some trouble today on Wall Street.

Two bad things happened to Internet search giant Google Thursday: the company missed Wall Street earnings expectations for the third quarter by a country mile; and its earnings release hit the wires in the middle of the trading day, rather than after hours.

The stock has stopped trading on the Nasdqaq exchange while everybody gets this all sorted out. In an amusing turn, a Twitter account has already been created for @PendingLarry, a reference to a line from Google's premature release to the SEC, "PENDING LARRY QUOTE," with the "Larry" being Google CEO Larry Page.

Former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt was on CNBC Thursday saying that the screwup with Google's release — which could equally be blamed on R.R. Donnelly, who handles the technical aspects of Google's SEC reporting — means that folks who just lost a ton of money ($19 billion market capitalization basically vanished in a matter of minutes) will lawyer up and sue everybody in sight.

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New CEO Marissa Mayer is a huge hire for Yahoo

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Marissa Mayer speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City. The 37-year-old was named CEO of Yahoo today.

One thing's for sure about newly named Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: no one will question the Stanford computer science grad's credentials, as they ultimately did those of Mayer's predecessor, Scott Thompson, who had exaggerations in his resume that were revealed by activist Yahoo shareholder Dan Loeb earlier this year.

Mayer actually ups the ante on engineering cred: the 37-year-old was Google's first female engineer, as well as one of the first 20 employees hired (she was in fact number 20). She can't, however, repeat that achievement in the Yahoo C-suite: she follows Carol Bartz (ousted last September) as the second woman to hold the top job.

This move has taken the tech world by surprise ("shock" might be a better word). It was widely expected interim CEO Ross Levinsohn would get the nod, given that he seemed to have Loeb's support. In this respect, the naming of Mayer is earth-shattering, and it comes on the heels of rumors that she had been passed over for advancement at Google, even though she had been standing in for co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at public events and in the media. Mayer ranks right alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as powerful women in Silicon Valley go.

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