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Business highlights for Oct. 5

Business highlights for Oct. 5
By The Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012
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Google widens job cuts

Google is broadening job cuts from its Motorola Mobility unit outside the U.S. and will take $390 million in severance costs and other charges related to the layoffs. The Motorola restructuring is now expected to “include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.,” Google said Thursday in a filing by Google with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but the online search leader is not adding to the 4,000 layoffs announced in late August. The company said in August that it was planning to close or consolidate about one-third of Motorola's 90 locations. It said then that two-thirds of the job cuts, about 20 percent of Motorola's staff and 7 percent of Google's overall work force, would take place outside the U.S. Google Inc. bought Motorola Mobility, which makes cellphones and cable set-top boxes, in late May for $12.4 billion. It was its largest acquisition ever, broadening the company's business from its roots in Internet search and other online services to manufacturing equipment.

Starbucks tests items

Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Among the items being tested: a whole wheat spinach croissant; a ham and cheese croissant; and a tomato, cheese and herb croissant. Many of the items are served warmed, unlike its current lineup of baked goods. There's no time frame for a national rollout.

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