Premature earnings releases: it's happened before.
The issue facing Google is not new.
On April 24, 2012, Buffalo Wild Wings prematurely released its earnings while the market was open. The stock, which had closed the day before at $83.04, closed at $78.17 on April 24, but rebounded the following day.
In November 2010, NetApp and Disney both released their earnings prematurely. (Read more: Google Earnings, Revenue Miss Wall Street Forecasts )