People have come looking for information on possible MetaReward layoffs. In short, it appears as though Experian Interactive, who purchased MetaReward in December of 2003, will shutter the unit as early as May 1, 2006. I cannot comment on how many of its employees will relocate to other Experian Interactive business units and how many will be laid off. Fortunately, it's a strong market - for people, publishers, and advertisers.
MetaReward saw strong results in calendar year 2004 and through the first half of 2005 but, assuming this rumor true, either that has changed or Experian Interactive has extracted what it needed from the unit and/or has determined the unit does not fit with long term plans. Those waiting on payment or expecting payment should not worry.
Time permitting, I'll put together a history of the unit and the segment of online advertising that in which it operates to understand better this decision by Experian Interactive.