Job cuts in more regions for Google's Motorola

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 11:15 am •  Published: October 4, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — 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.