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Boss fires 900 people in Zoom call

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The boss of a US mortgage company has faced criticism after he allegedly fired 900 employees on a Zoom call. “I come to you with not great news”, Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, said at the beginning of the video call. In a clip widely circulated on social media, he added: “If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group being laid off. Your employment here is terminated effective immediately.” A company spokesperson said “having to conduct layoffs is gut-wrenching”.

Time traveller predicts seismic Xmas Day event

A TikTok time traveller has said the coming weeks include two important events that will “shock the world”. Thatonetimetraveler, who claims to be coming from the year 2485, said that on 20 December “eight humans will receive superpowers from the energy waves of the sun”. On December 25, he added that “something big will happen on this day that shocks the world, and changes the way humans live forever”.

Ministers tease The Telegraph

Sajid Javid and Nadhim Zahawi have teased The Telegraph after the paper confused them with each other in a tweet. Health Secretary Javid shared a screenshot of a Twitter post showing the picture of his colleague, Zahawi, alongside the headline: “Omicron has spread in community, confirms Sajid Javid.” The education secretary later shared Javid’s tweet, adding: “As far as I know, side effects of Omicron don’t include growing a goatee and glasses.”

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