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Google Cutting Motorola Work Force



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    Likely seen as a potential referendum on Larry Page's leadership of Google, Motorola Mobility let 20 percent of its work force go on Sunday. Google purchased the company earlier this year. 

    A total of 4,000 workers will be pink-slipped, while 94 offices will shutter, according to the New York Times. Google paid $12.5 billion for the company -- mostly in what was seen as a patent grab for any upcoming mobile products Google may develop.

    The restructuring, according to an SEC filing, will cost the parent company $275 million in the third quarter. Google also said it would provide generous severance packages and outplacement services for those affected.

    The focus will be on innovation in technology -- like voice recognition -- as well as simple messaging across its advertising platforms.