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Google sheds 1,200 jobs, but cuts miss Home unit

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:31pm
Mike Robuck

Google said today it was trimming 1,200 jobs, or 10 percent, from Motorola Mobility’s workforce, but the cuts didn’t impact the cable-based Motorola Home unit that Arris is buying.

Google cut 4,000 jobs in August, which included employees from the Home and mobile divisions.  Citing a company email, The Wall Street Journal first reported the layoffs this morning.  The email from Google said, in part, "our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive and we're losing money.” According to the email the job cuts will affect employees in the United States, Chin and India.

"These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer," a Google spokeswoman said. "It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”

In December Arris announced it was acquiring the Motorola Home business from Google for $2.35 billion after Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion.

In January Comcast agreed to pay $150 million for a stake in Arris, which is one of its main equipment suppliers. 

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