In its first quarterly earnings report as a public company, Google posted a profit of US$52 million, or 19 cents per share, during the three months ended in September. This compares to $20.4 million, or 8 cents per share, at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s earnings rose to $2.9 billion, or 27 cents per share, for its first fiscal quarter–up from a profit of $2.6 billion, or 24 cents per share, a year ago. Finally, Amazon reported a profit of $54 million, or 13 cents a share, in its third quarter. The online retailer had an income of $16 million, or 4 cents a share, a year earlier.