Hashtag Trending Nov. 15 – Meta employee laid off; Jeff Bezos wants to donate his net worth; Amazon layoff

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A Meta employee was laid off after being moved across the country, just two days before starting his job, Jeff Bezos wants to donate the majority of his net worth, and layoffs are happening at Amazon.

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A Meta employee says he was fired from the company just two days after moving from India to Canada for work. The software engineer from India wrote in a LinkedIn post last week that he was one of many employees affected by Meta’s massive layoffs, leaving him without a job. This is not the first time Meta has fired someone after relocation, another software engineer who moved from India to Canada was fired two days before he started. The massive layoffs at Meta’s Canada office come eight months after the company announced plans to open a Toronto-based engineering hub that will create more than 2,000 jobs.

Source: business Insider

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to give away the majority of his $124 billion net worth during his lifetime. In an interview with CNN, he said he plans to devote the bulk of his wealth to fighting climate change and supporting people who can help close deep social and political divisions. This is the first time Bezos has announced plans to give away most of his money. Bezos has committed $10 billion over 10 years, or about 8 percent of his current net worth, to the Bezos Earth Fund. Some of its priorities include reducing the carbon footprint of construction-grade cement and steel, getting financial regulators to consider climate-related risks, and creating natural, plant-based carbon sinks.

Source: CNN

On the subject of Amazon, the company’s employees have been relatively shielded from the massive layoffs taking place in big tech. But a new report from wall street journal signals that the company is ready to join the likes of Meta and Cut Staff. The report alleged that Amazon is planning to cut around 10,000 employees in corporate and technology roles starting this week. This isn’t surprising given that Amazon posted a disappointing third-quarter financial report. Currently, the company employs approximately 800,000 across all its businesses.

Source: wall street journal

Believe it or not, a science team has found a way to make chips and batteries using mushroom skin. This new material is looking to replace the plastic polymers used to make the substrates that the chips sit on. According to an article in New Scientist, scientists at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, have tried to use the skin from a mushroom to act as a biodegradable electronic substrate. When the researchers extracted and dried the skin, they found that it was flexible, a good insulator, and could withstand temperatures in excess of 200 °C. If kept away from moisture and UV light, skin can live for hundreds of years, indicating that it can survive the lifetime of an electronic device. More importantly, it can decompose in soil in about two weeks, making it easily recyclable.

Source: new scientist

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