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Google Cutting 10 Percent of Jobs at Its Motorola Unit

Google’s Motorola Mobility unit is in the process of cutting an additional 1,200 jobs amid continued challenges in its core cellphone business.

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As reported Thursday evening by the Wall Street Journal, the cuts will eliminate more than 10 percent of the hardware maker’s workforce.

A Motorola spokesman confirmed the company is making cuts, but declined to go into details.

“These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” Motorola said in a statement. “It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”

Google announced in August it would cut some 4,000 jobs, or 20 percent of the Motorola workforce.

In December, Motorola announced a significant cutback of its South Korean operations, a move that resulted in 500 job losses. The same month, Google said it was selling Motorola’s set-top box business to Arris for $2.35 billion.


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