Friday Five: Google tells US employees: no jab, no job

1. Google tells US employees: no jab, no job

Google is giving US employees until 18 January to prove they’ve been vaccinatedagainst Covid-19 or apply for an exemption. After this date, they’ll be placed on paid administrative leave for 30 days and then unpaid personal leave for six months. If they still haven’t shown proof of vaccination after seven months, they’ll be fired.

2. Reddit starts process to join stock market

Social media platform Reddit has announced that it has started the process to sell its shares on the stock market. In a confidential filing, it did not reveal how many shares it planned to sell or the price of the shares. In August, the company said it had raised $700m (£528m) in new funding, valuing it at more than $10bn.

3. James Webb Telescope ready to go into orbit

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been hoisted atop the rocket that will blast it into orbit. Weighing more than six tonnes, the $10bn successor to the Hubble observatory was lifted by a crane and edged into position using guide lasers. Webb is the single most expensive space science experiment ever conceived.

4. YouTube scientist has tram named after him

A professor who is a familiar face to millions around the world thanks to his hit YouTube videos is to have a tram named in his honour. Sir Martyn Poliakoff — a research professor of chemistry at the University of Nottingham — will see the naming at a special ceremony. Sir Martyn said he was “hugely honoured” by the accolade.

5. Last Christmas is the paw-fect festive tune

And finally… we all love Christmas songs (well, maybe not all of us) but did you ever wonder which festive tunes are the biggest hits with dogs? Well, wonder no more, for it turns out that Wham’s Last Christmas is No1 with our pooches, followed by Jingle Bells and All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.



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