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Motorola Mobility Cuts More Jobs

The Wall St Journal says Google has transferred numerous executives and product managers to help run Motorola

Google’s unprofitable and problematic Motorola Mobility subsidiary is going to can another 10% of its workforce or roughly 1,200 people after laying off 20% or 4,000 people last summer.

The latest cuts are coming out of the US, India and China.

The Wall Street Journal says it saw the e-mail that was sent making the announcement. It said, “While we’re very optimistic about the new products in our pipeline, we still face challenges. Our costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive and we’re losing money.”

The cutbacks include indefinitely suspending operations at an Indian phone-making factory near Chennai, which saw cuts once Google took charge in 2011.

The paper says Google has transferred numerous executives and product managers to help run Motorola in hopes of developing widgets like Apple’s and Samsung’s.

Google’s not supposed to show Motorola any Android favoritism although if the $12.5 billion acquisition goes utterly bad there are rumors that Google will integrate it into its Android unit.

Motorola Home business, which makes television set-top boxes, was sold to the Arris Group for $2.35 billion in December.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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