When Google announces its third quarter earnings today it faces two large issues.
First, Google can provide insight to the broader economy based on what industries are advertising. And the second item revolves around integrating Motorola Mobility, the hit on profit margins, and distractions.
Those two issues overshadow pretty much anything else Google CEO Larry Page and the gang will have to say. The Motorola Mobility acquisition won't be completed for a few more months, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects operating margins for 2012 to fall from 46 percent to the low 30 percent range.
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