Hashtag Trending Dec 22: Tesla Hiring Freeze; Mastodon user growth; Internet shutdown in Iran affects the economy

Tesla is implementing a hiring freeze, Mastodon is gaining more popularity, and Iran’s internet shutdown is hurting its economy.

That’s all the tech news that’s hot right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trends. It’s Thursday December 22nd and I’m your host, Ashee Pamma.

Tesla will lay off more employees in the next quarter, according to reports electric. The company is also looking to freeze hiring. This summer, Elon Musk signaled that Tesla would cut its salaried workforce by roughly 10 percent over a three-month period. At this stage, it’s unclear how extensive the hiring freeze will be, especially as Tesla plans to expand in some manufacturing locations. The moves come as Tesla’s shares have been falling all year despite the company’s financials hitting new records every quarter. in a Reuters The report found that Tesla analysts also lowered their price targets on the shares, concerned that weak demand from China will affect the electric vehicle maker’s 2023 deliveries.

Mastodon, Twitter’s rival, has grown eightfold in size in a matter of weeks, from roughly 300,000 users in October to 2.5 million in November. This growth comes as Twitter users have announced their plans to switch services amid the chaos on the platform following the acquisition of Elon Musk. According to CNNAs of this week, Mastodon’s app ranked number eight among free social media apps on the Google Play Store and number 11 in the social media category on Apple’s app store. Last week, Twitter began blocking links to Mastodon on its platform. He then made that practice an explicit policy on Sunday, before backlash forced Musk to suspend the policy in less than 24 hours.

Internet shutdown, content filtering and platform blocking in Iran are affecting the country’s economy. In response to opposition and mass government protests, the Iranian regime launched a major lockdown in September that limited all digital communications in the country. These outages have affected businesses of all sizes. Multiple Iranian trade associations have reported that their member companies are dealing with significant losses. According to a report from cabling, some businesses have found that the recent outage affected hundreds of thousands of small businesses. The cumulative impact of these crackdowns has affected the rights of more than 80 million people currently in Iran and has disrupted aspects of society in the country.

On January 1, 2023, works copyrighted from 1927 will enter the US public domain. They will be free for all to copy, share, and develop. Some of these works include Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Arthur Conan Doyle’s final Sherlock Holmes stories. When works enter the public domain, they can now be shared legally, without permission or fee. This means that online repositories like the Internet Archive, Google Books, and the New York Public Library, for example, can make works fully available online. In addition, community theaters can show the films and youth orchestras can perform the music publicly, without paying license fees. The Center for Public Domain Studies has compiled a list of all works entering the online domain.

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