Even though I've been expecting this, I'm still surprised, somehow. I guess whatever new investment they've gotten wasn't enough to keep going at their existing burn rate. From a business standpoint, the layoffs are probably a rational decision--NetPoodles is in the ironic position of running out of capital just as they're finally in a position to have revenue in their near future. So they have to start jettisoning whatever (and whoever) they can in the hopes of surviving.
I've applied for unemployment online and am now proceeding to have a strong beer, one of a few that a friend gave me at Anthrocon.
More to be written eventually. Maybe a lot more, since I'll have the time for it.