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Google parent beats earnings expectations for Q1

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Google has faced privacy headwinds along with other web companies. Photo: Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Google parent company, Alphabet, beat earnings expectations for the first quarter of 2018, according to the numbers released Monday.

Why it matters: There's a big question market above Google as it prepares to face unprecedented data privacy regulations in Europe and its own privacy reckoning in the United States.