Google to lay off 200, half in US

A fresh round of cuts at Google contradicts the company's January statement that further layoffs would probably not be necessary. Google will cut about 200 jobs, about half from US operations, in a move the company says should eliminate certain areas of overlap within the corporate structure.

The job cuts were announced and described in a blog post by Omid Kordestani, Google's senior VP for global sales and business development, who lays the need for them to a certain amount of disorderly growth during the boom time. Those affected will be given time to seek other positions within the company, and those who do not will be given the usual outplacement support and severance options.

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