Today in Mobile

The New York Times has today’s must-read with this comprehensive piece outlining Google’s plans for Motorola. Employees learned yesterday that Google will cut 20 percent of Motorola’s work force and close one-third of its 94 offices worldwide as a first step toward “reinventing” the manufacturer, which it acquired earlier this year for $12.5 billion. The news prompted The Guardian to ask whether the pick-up was Google’s biggest mistake, which is a legitimate question given the fact that Motorola has lost money in 14 of the last 16 quarters. But i still believe the tie-up could pay off in a big way if Google tightly integrates the manufacturing business with its mobile operating system development division to create cutting-edge smartphones and tablets that can compete with Apple’s fantastic devices.