Employees sent email earlier this morning.
By Jason Middleton
| Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 | Updated 7:00 AM PDT
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson pledged in a March 14 email to "lean forward" into changing the company's direction. This morning he sent another email, announcing the layoff of 2,000 employees.
Yahoo began its official release with this: "Today's actions are an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo! -- smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require."
It goes on to boast of nearly 700 million users and thousands of advertisers.Layoffs had been rumored since Thompson took over about four months ago.
In that March 14 email, Thompson emailed employees about "real change" that's coming -- an attempt to "soothe the company" during executive departures and proxy fights, as Kara Swisher wrote.