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    Machinima, one of the big players among YouTube's channels but pursuing a more aggressive growth plan, today announced it laid off 22 of its306 employees. The move suggests the video gaming network's efforts at pursuing a massive funding infusion may not be going as well, or as quickly, as hoped.
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