Google to Hand Out Pink Slips to 1,200 Motorola Mobility Workers

Google has reportedly begun slashing the workforce at its Motorola Mobility division where it's planning to reduce the headcount by around 1,200 employees. That's a greater than 10 percent reduction in workers, though deemed necessary by Google to put the smartphone maker back in the black.

The Wall Street Journal viewed an internal email sent out to Motorola Mobility staff members, and in it, Google lamented that its "costs are too high." Google also said that Motorola Mobility is operating in markets we're it's not competitive and is ultimately losing money because of it.

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"These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer," a Motorola spokesman said in a statement. "It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition."

That's of little consolation to Motorola Mobility workers who find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders these days. These newest cuts are in addition to a 20 percent reduction in Motorola's workforce that began last August when Google said it planned to lay off 4,000 employees.

All in all, it's been a rocky transition since Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5 billion.