News Summary: Google cutting 4,000 at Motorola

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Posted: Aug 13, 2012 1:46 PM
News Summary: Google cutting 4,000 at Motorola

REDUCTIONS: Google is cutting about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility cellphone business — about 20 percent of Motorola Mobility's 20,000 employees, and 7 percent of Google's overall work force.

NEW OWNER: The job eliminations come three months after Google bought the once-dominant U.S. cellphone maker for $12.5 billion.

BIGGER PICTURE: The cellphone pioneer has been struggling for years. It hadn't produced a mass-market hit since it introduced the Razr cellphone in 2005. Before the acquisition, Motorola had been trying to turn itself around by focusing on smartphones, and the cuts announced Monday will shift that goal even further.