Google to slash 20% of Motorola Mobility jobs

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Mountainview, Calif.—Google will cut 4,000 jobs from its Motorola Mobility smartphone business, or about 20% of the company's staff, Google said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. In addition, Motorola plans to close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities and “shift the emphasis from feature phones to more innovative and profitable devices,” according to the SEC Filing. “These changes are designed to return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, after it lost money in 14 of the last 16 quarters,” Google said. Google said the layoffs will cost the search giant $275 million. The announcement comes nearly three months after Google officially acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. In January 2011, Motorola Inc. split into two companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, which provides communications products and services to the b-to-b market. Separately, Google is buying the Frommer's travel brand from John Wiley & Sons for an undisclosed price, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google has not decided whether the Frommer's guidebooks will continue to be published in print or whether they will eventually become strictly online products, the Journal said.
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