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SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix pressed the rewind button on its fourth-quarter earnings after settling allegations that the video subscription service violated a consumer-privacy law.

Accounting for the $9 million settlement resulted in a 14 percent decrease in the fourth-quarter net income that Netflix Inc. reported Jan. 25.

The bottom line for the final three months of last year now comes to $35.2 million, or 64 cents per share, down from the previously reported $40.7 million, or 73 cents per share. The company, which is based in Los Gatos, disclosed the change in a regulatory filing late Friday.

Netflix’s stock price has surged 23 percent since the fourth-quarter results were released, partly because the company’s earnings were substantially above analysts’ average estimate of 57 cents per share. But investors mostly were impressed with Netflix’s fourth-quarter gain of 600,000 subscribers – a number unaffected by Friday’s accounting adjustment

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