n an SEC filing that was apparently published inadvertently, Google reported third-quarter earnings of $9.03 a share, below the $10.65 analysts had predicted. Earnings fell 20 percent from a year ago as total costs rose and advertising prices continued to fall. Google shares fell fast after the release. The stock dropped as much as 11 percent to $676 before bouncing back and being halted at $687.30, down 9 percent. Motorola weighed heavily on Google's profit, generating an adjusted operating loss of $151 million, or 6 percent of the unit's revenue.
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