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Mozilla, the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser, told employees Tuesday that it is cutting 250 jobs, roughly a quarter of its workforce.

The big picture: Mozilla has been trying to get more of its revenue from subscription products, but said in an internal email that its pre-pandemic business plan is no longer viable.

Details: "We have talked about the need for change — including the likelihood of layoffs — since the spring," CEO Mitchell Baker said in the staff memo. "Today these changes become real."

  • Mozilla is closing its operations in Taiwan as part of the restructuring.

The big picture: Baker said the company is trying to move away from only products that are free, given the trade-offs that come with relying on advertising, either directly or indirectly. (Mozilla has historically gotten much of its revenue from partners like Google, which pays to be the default search engine.)

  • "Recognizing that the old model where everything was free has consequences, means we must explore a range of different business opportunities and alternate value exchanges," Baker said.
  • The company laid off about 70 employees in January, per TechCrunch.

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Oct 21, 2020 - Technology

Google's search ad dominance is massive but shrinking slightly

Data: eMarketer; Chart: Axios Visuals

Google is expected to net more than 71% of the U.S. search advertising spending this year, down from roughly 74.7% of market share in 2017, per eMarketer.

Google's 20-year path from David to Goliath

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's taken Google two decades to transform from a beloved search innovator into a Big Tech behemoth.

Flashback: At Google's launch 22 years ago, it provided accurate, simple, fast results — unlike its competitors in search, which had become bloated "portals" — and quickly won the hearts first of Internet insiders and then of the broader public.

Oct 20, 2020 - Technology

Google calls antitrust case "deeply flawed"

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee last July. Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Google says the Justice Department's lawsuit alleging competitive abuses is "deeply flawed" and would fail to help consumers.

Driving the news: The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust case against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.