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Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, has laid off roughly two people across eight teams. Less than half of the layoffs occurred in content departments, according to sources familiar with the situation. The story was first reported by Cheddar and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said last year that all managers would be assessing their team sizes and locations, which could mean hiring, cuts or no change. So today's staff cuts and placement decisions, should come as no surprise.

Reports surfaced a few months ago that the company would be laying off some human resources staff as it prepared for slowed hiring in some departments.

Snap has also offered some the opportunity to relocate to the company's L.A. headquarters. Sources say this is part of a strategic move to grow and develop some teams that are managed by executives in Los Angeles.

In a memo to employees obtained by Cheddar, Spiegel argues that "Getting Bigger” is not the same as “Gaining Leverage.”

"Having a scalable business model isn’t enough. We also need to have an organization that scales internally. This means that we must become exponentially more productive as we add additional resources and team members."

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.