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We never like to hear about layoffs from any company, but it's particularly troubling to hear them coming from Google-owned Motorola, where another 1,200 workers will soon be headed for unemployment.
The Verge reported Friday that Motorola Mobility is following up its layoffs of roughly 4,000 people back in October with a second act this week, reducing its workforce by an additional 10 percent.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the cuts are being made by new owners Google in the United States, China and India and will involve around 1,200 people. An email sent to Motorola employees reportedly explained that "our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive, and we're losing money."
"While we're very optimistic about the new products in our pipeline, we still face challenges," the email reportedly concluded.
A Motorola spokesperson painted the cuts in a different light, however.
"These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition," the spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.
The report noted that Motorola already had an 18-month product pipeline in place at the time Google acquired the company, so we haven't yet seen the fruits of that purchase quite yet.
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