Hashtag Trending December 22 – Tesla hiring freeze; Mastodon user growth; The shutdown of the Internet in Iran has an impact on the economy

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

That’s all the tech news that’s trending 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 from Electrek. The company is also looking into a hiring freeze. This summer, Elon Musk noted that Tesla will reduce its salaried workforce by about 10% over a three-month period. It is unclear at this stage how extensive the hiring freeze will be, especially with Tesla planning to expand into some manufacturing facilities. The moves come as shares of Tesla have fallen all year, despite the company’s financials hitting new highs every quarter. In a Reuters report, revealed that Tesla analysts also cut their price targets on the stock, concerned that weak demand from China will weigh on the EV maker’s deliveries in 2023.

Twitter’s rival, Mastodon, grew eight-fold in just a few weeks, from around 300,000 users in October to 2.5 million in November. This growth comes as Twitter users announced their plans to switch services amidst the platform’s chaos following the Elon Musk takeover. According to CnnAs of this week, Mastodon’s app ranked eighth among the free social networking apps on the Google Play Store and eleventh in the social networking category on the Apple App Store. Just last week, Twitter began blocking links to Mastodon on its platform. He then made that practice explicit policy on Sunday, before backlash forced Musk to halt the policy in less than 24 hours.

The internet shutdown, content filtering and platform blocking in Iran are impacting the country’s economy. In response to opposition and mass government protests, the Iranian regime launched a massive shutdown in September that limited all digital communications in the country. These disruptions have impacted businesses of all sizes. Several Iranian trade associations have reported that their member companies are facing heavy losses. According to a report by WiredSome companies have found that the recent outage has 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, the copyrighted works of 1927 will enter the public domain in the United States. They will be free to be copied, shared and developed by all. Some of these works include To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and the last Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. When works enter the public domain, they can now be shared legally, without permission or compensation. This means that online archives such as the Internet Archive, Google Books and the New York Public Library, for example, can make works fully available online. Additionally, community theaters can show films and youth orchestras can perform music publicly, without paying licensing fees. The Center for the Study of the Public Domain has compiled a list of all works entering the online domain.

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