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Best Buy lays off 650 Geek Squad employees nationwide

Best Buy will lay off 650 employees nationwide in its Geek Squad division, KARE 11 says. Company officials said that the Geek Squad positions that service appliance, TVs and computers in customers' homes will be eliminated.
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Best Buy will lay off 650 employees nationwide in its Geek Squad division, KARE 11 says. Company officials said that the Geek Squad positions that service appliance, TVs and computers in customers' homes will be eliminated.

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