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Here’s the latest development in our SMS world: Getting canned via instant message. According to The Inquirier, over 2,500 workers at the British Amulet Group received the following text message on their mobile phones:

you are being made redundant with immediate effect

Down in Australia, an air-traffic controller is actually suing over this. As a News.com story notes, Tom Earls got the following message in February from JNI Traffic Control:

Its (sic) official, you no longer work for JNI Traffic Control and u (sic) have forfided (sic) any arrangements made

As it turns out, the company claims that Earls wasn’t fired — he’d actually quit the previous day. But even so, a commissioner with the NSW Industrial Relations Commissioners was less than impressed:

“What happened to the old-fashioned letter or talking to someone in person?” Ms Bishop asked.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for finding the previous one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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