Google Restructures at Motorola; 4,000 Lose Jobs

As a consequence of the acquisition, executives at the Googleplex will also close about 30 percent of Motorola Mobility offices worldwide.

Google, in a deal worth $12.5 billion , will now lay-off 4,000 employees of the Motorola offshoot.

The company also plans to close 30 out of the 90 Motorola locations, the New York Times reported today.

According to the Associated Press, the cuts represent about 20 percent of the 20,000 employees at Motorola Mobility.

The AP further reports that the formerly Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility has been in the red for more than one year. Google hopes the restructuring, and a refocusing on less simple devices, will help lead to profitability.

Google will suffer a $275 million one-time restructuring charge in this current fiscal quarter.

With the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Mountain View-based Google acquired a portfolio of more than 17,000 patents according to the AP.


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