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Google fires about 50 employees from its news division.

Google fires about 50 employees from its news division

According to CNBC, at least 40 people have been laid off from Google’s news division. Although an official confirmation and exact numbers have yet to be provided, it appears that 40 to 50 jobs have been eliminated at Google News, which provides links to popular and quality news articles based on the interests of the readers and the region they reside in.

The layoffs are part of a series of internal changes aimed at streamlining processes. Google, of course, is assisting impacted employees through this transition by providing outplacement assistance as well as a severance package. They are also free to look for opportunities elsewhere on Google if they so desire.

Madhav Chinnappa, director, News Ecosystem Development, Google News, was laid off earlier this year, in July, after a significant 13-year tenure with the news aggregation app. During his tenure, he oversaw the Digital News Initiative and the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund, which provided much-needed assistance to the industry at a time when it was in crisis.

Google News added two more Indian languages, Gujarati and Punjabi, in August, bringing the total number of languages in India to ten. This means that Indian users can now access news in Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, regardless of where they are in the world.

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