Pink slips have been a near-constant worry for Motorola Mobility workers ever since Google entered the picture. Leading up to the acquisition, Motorola severed ties with around 800 employees and closed several facilities in an attempt to cut costs. More recently, Google in August said it would eliminate 4,000 jobs at Motorola Mobility, or 20 percent of the staff, and according to a K-8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, more layoffs are coming.
Motorola Mobility has won an injunction against several Microsoft properties in Germany, including Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and even the Xbox 360 game console. After initially postponing the ruling, Judge Dr. Holger Kircher of the Landgericht Mannheim (Mannheim Regional Court) issued his ruling on four of Motorola's complaints against Microsoft, ultimately awarding the mobile device maker an injunction against Microsoft on two patents.
While Apple's been busy trying to chase Samsung's Galaxy line out of the Milky Way, Android device makers have ganged up on the Cupertino outfit and experienced a spattering of success. The latest setback for Apple comes from a second German patent ruling against the company over its iCloud service that was brought about by Motorola Mobility, which is currently being acquired by Google.