Liz Gannes

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Larry Sends in the Troops for First Earnings Call

Larry Page spared only two minutes of his day to drop in on his highly anticipated first earnings call as CEO of Google, which Peter Kafka is live-blogging here.

In an exceedingly calm voice, Page said he is “very excited about Google and our momentum,” adding his new team has “really hit the ground running,” with the changeover from long-time CEO Eric Schmidt “working very well, exactly as we have planned.”

Then CFO and SVP Patrick Pichette took control, accompanied by SVP of Advertising Susan Wojcicki and SVP of Commerce and Local Jeff Huber, as well as SVP and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora piping up for the Q&A.

Wojcicki and Huber were recently promoted as part of Page’s inaugural management reorganization. The two have been invited to speak on earnings calls before, appearing on the line-up for the Q1 2010 call.

Earnings call regular Jonathan Rosenberg, who is leaving the company, did not participate.

Earnings call ringleader Pichette remains CFO, and Page expanded his role to include human resources and business operations.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik