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Zebra Tech to buy Motorola Solutions' enterprise business

By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in its biggest deal ever. The deal will allow Zebra, whose products help companies such as Amazon Inc track inventory and supply chains, to enhance its portfolio through a range of Internet-connected devices.

Zebra to spend $3.45 billion on Motorola's enterprise business in significant expansion

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. - Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's logistics capabilities and create or expand its footprint in more than 100 countries. Motorola's enterprise business makes hand-held bar code scanners and mobile and tablet computers, among other products. Zebra Technologies Inc. also makes plastic cards and, radio-frequency identification tags.

Freescale loss in Malaysia tragedy leads to travel policy questions

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The loss of 20 key Freescale Semiconductor <FSL.N> employees in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner on Saturday raises questions about whether the company should have allowed so many of them to board the same plane, but security experts said that at big corporations it's hard to avoid.

Loss of employees on Malaysia flight a blow, U.S. chipmaker says

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Employees of Freescale Semiconductor who were on a Malaysia Airlines flight presumed to have crashed were doing sophisticated work at the U.S. chipmaker, a company spokesman said on Sunday. The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company's chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

Loss of employees on Malaysia flight a blow, U.S. chipmaker says

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Employees of Freescale Semiconductor who were on a Malaysia Airlines flight presumed to have crashed were doing sophisticated work at the U.S. chipmaker, a company spokesman said on Sunday. The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company's chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

US firm says 20 employees on missing Malaysia plane

A Texas semiconductor firm said Saturday that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines jet that has abruptly vanished. Among the Freescale Semiconductor employees aboard Flight MH370 were 12 people from Malaysia and another eight from China, president and CEO Gregg Lowe said. "At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," he added in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event."

Motorola Solutions edges past estimates, warns on revenue

(Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and rugged mobile computers, reported a slight rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher government sales, but forecast a steep drop in first-quarter sales. The company's government business, which accounts for 70 percent of its revenue, fared well over the past year but its enterprise business has struggled as companies delay orders and cut down on spending.

Motorola Solutions' enterprise sales recover after six quarters

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan (Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc's sales of rugged mobile computers and tablets to businesses rose for the first time in seven quarters, sending its stock close to a six-year high. The company, which dominates the two-way radio market, also reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit despite a fall in government sales, its main business.

Motorola announces Texas facility making first US-assembled smartphones, creating 2,000 jobs

AUSTIN, Texas - Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it's opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. The company has already begun hiring for the Fort Worth plant. The site was most recently unoccupied but was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google.

Communications gear maker Motorola Solutions cuts forecast again

(Reuters) - Communications gear maker Motorola Solutions Inc cut its full-year forecast for the second time as it struggles with a slowdown in sales to businesses. The company expects full-year revenue to remain flat or rise just 1 percent, down from its earlier forecast of a growth of 3-4 percent. Net income from continuing operations rose to $258 million, or 94 cents per share, in the second quarter, from $177 million, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 2 percent to $2.10 billion.
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