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Google to axe 4000 Motorola jobs

Global cull will result from closure of a third of Motorola Mobiliy's production and R&D facilities

Google to axe 4000 Motorola jobs
Google is set to squeeze costs at Motorola Mobility.

US handset maker Motorola Mobility is to axe 4000 jobs globally as part of a restructuring plan.

The company, which was acquired by Google Inc in 2011, said that it plans to cut its global workforce by about 20% and close or merge about a third of its 90 production and R&D centres.

The company also said that it intends to move emphasis away from feature phones to more profitable higher end devices.

Motorola said in a statement that it was committed to helping its staff through "this difficult transition" and would provide generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help people find new jobs.

Google has remained guarded about its plans for Motorola Mobility since it acquired the firm for $12.5 billion in mid-2011.

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