Google cuts 100 jobs, scales back on projects

Google is scaling back in a number of areas and cutting 100 jobs as the internet giant begins to feel the impact of the recession, according to The Guardian .

Yesterday the company said it would be laying off recruitment staff, shutting three engineering offices and closing down a number of projects as it looks to slim down.

Among the Google services affected by the cutbacks are mobile social network Dodgeball, messaging site Jaiku and web bookmarking service Notebook - as well as offices in Texas, Norway and Sweden.

Jobs are also being cut in Google's human resources department, as a result of the company's decision to slow its expansion.

Google's growth in recent years has resulted in the expansion of its workforce from just over 3,000 in 2004, when it became a public company, to a total of around 20,000 now.