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(GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C Report

kicked off tech earnings season when it reported

mixed first-quarter numbers

after Thursday's closing bell.

Following two quarters of solid estimate beats, analysts expected more of the same. Instead, the search giant delivered a slight miss, posting adjusted earnings of $8.08 a share vs. the average analysts' view of $8.10.

Quarterly sales, excluding traffic acquisition costs (the amount Google pays to affiliates to bring traffic to its network), came in at $6.5 billion, above the consensus $6.32 billion.

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