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The Washington Post has laid off 54 people, Betsy Rothstein reports.

We’re told those given pink slips include Beth Jacobs, General Manager of Mobile, and Ken Dodelin, Director of Mobile Products. Sources say the entire Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management staffs have been eliminated.

Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti declined to comment to Poynter.

In a memo obtained by Rothstein, Chief Information Officer and product-development honcho Shailesh Prakash said affected employees "will have the opportunity to participate in a Separation Incentive Program that will include both separation payments and a company contribution to be used towards health insurance premiums."

A source there told me the cuts were contained to the business side of the paper and didn't take place on Valentine's Day. That person didn't know how many people were affected by the layoffs, though.