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06 October, 2022

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Tesla, Musk On Track To Honor PepsiCo's Semitrailer Order


PepsiCo will be the first to drive Tesla's all-electric, zero-emission Semi Truck to market starting December 1.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this update late Thursday.
Production of the 500-mile on a single charge (805km) Semitrailer was delayed after Pepsico had ordered 100 of them in 2017.

Tesla first unveiled the vehicle in November 2017, saying production will begin by 2019.

Among the reasons for multiple timeline delays was part shortages.


The truck's price starts at US$180,000 and qualifies for a tax break of up to $40,000 from a U.S. Senate-approved subsidy program.

President Joe Biden had, in August, signed into law legislation that offered a tax credit for commercial electric vehicles, apart from other incentives.

Companies, other than PepsiCo, who have made reservations for the truck include Anheuser-Busch, Walmart and UPS.

Pepsico, the manufacturer of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips plans on using the Class 8 trucks to ship snack foods and beverages

Who Consumes More Media? Gen Z Or Millennials?


Gen Z, anyone born between 1997 to 2012 (or commonly between 13 and 25), is the most online generation, says an analysis by the World Advertising Research Center.

Warc, which calls itself the global authority on advertising and media effectiveness, released a Global Ad Trends data that shows Gen Z spends 67.7% of their total media time with digital channels. 

However, this data says Gen Z, colloquially known as zoomers, lags behind Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996 or aged 23 to 38 in 2019) in total consumption terms.

Globally, the 13-25s have consumed less media per day than the Millennials. 

This gap is getting bigger as Millennials consume larger amounts of both linear and online streaming TV.

AdNews says Gen Z's online media consumption is owing to the creation of new opportunities such as music and podcast streaming and not due to any digital innovation supplanting offline channels.

Newer platforms like TikTok and BeReal though have gained while other platforms battle for Gen Z's attention.

Warc's head of content, Alex Brownsell says age is not the only consideration in ascertaining consumer behavior. Factors such as geography and affluence too can play a decisive role.




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Man City vs Copenhagen


Manchester City and their fans are celebrating Erling Halaand's brace that led the Blues to a 5-0 UEFA Champions League win over FC Copenhagen at the Etihad Stadium.

The result has given Man City their third victory in three Group G matches. They are now all but one point from the knockout stage.

With his double strike, Halaand has taken his goal tally to an impressive 19 in all competitions this season.


Instead, Halaand's first two goals and a third own-goal caused by the giant Norwegian, the Danish side slipped further as Riyad Mahrez struck the fourth from the penalty spot and Julian Alvarez sealed City's domination with the fifth.

Pep Guardiola's men can now confirm their last-16 place when they visit Copenhagen next week.

City's Portuguese star Rúben Dias and Spaniard Aymeric Laporte too shot up the ratings with their assured and controlled performance at the back.

Chelsea vs AC Milan


At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea moved from the bottom to second with their first win in their Group E Champions League match with a 3-0 route of AC Milan.

It was not the Rossoneri's (as AC Milan is known) night as they struggled to stand up to Chelsea's physicality and aggression.

The Blues began slowly but picked up the pace to outclass their Italian champions and trigger what's now seen as coach Graham Potter era.

Chelsea's £70 million signing Wesley Fofana began his team's charge. 

Although this wasn't a must-win game for Chelsea, a draw would have put them three points behind Milan and RB Salzburg, whom they'll visit for their next two games.

Benfica vs PSG


Argentine superstar Lionel Messi created his Champions League history as the first player to score goals against 40 different teams when he unleashed his prolific curled shot to put PSG 1-0 up.

However,  Benfica dug deep to find a late equalizer in their Group H match at the Estadio da Luz.

The Portuguese side and PSG remain equal on points after three matches and will meet again on Tuesday, in Paris.

Italian side Juventus are third in the group.

Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk


Spanish La Liga title holders Real Madrid improved their Champions League Group F standing with a 2-1 win over Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk at the Bernabeu.

The win gives Carlo Ancelotti's men nine points from three wins in as many matches.

Brazilian Vini Jr. made up for his several lapses to score with a 28th-minute goal for Real, but it was Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin who stood out with his numerous saves.

Velma


Velma Dinkley, the fictional character you know in the Scooby-Doo franchise, is lesbian, gay, or into girls.

This revelation now was always in the works. 

Warner Bros, who made two live-action Scooby-Doo movies had watered-down screenwriter James Gunn's attempt to portray Velma as a lesbian

However, decades of rumor have now ended as clips from Halloween special Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo released this week show the turtleneck sweater-wearing sleuth fogging up with reddened cheeks at the sight of villiainous costume designer Coco Diablo.

This update prompted even Google to shower Velma in its search results with confetti and gay-pride flags. You'll be able to see colorful confetti and LGBTQ flags showering down when you enter your search on Google for Velma, Velma Dinkley, Dinkley, or Velma Scooby-Doo.

The movie's director, Audie Harrison says they didn't realize they were doing something groundbreaking showcasing Velma's attraction to women until now.  

Thailand Shooting


A gunman, a former policeman discharged from his service last year, massacred day care children and staff, among them an eight-months pregnant teacher in Thailand's Uthai Sawan town in the north-eastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu.

The gunman then drove home and killed his wife and child before ending his own life.

The number of victims isn't clear. The Guardian reported 22 children among 34 killed, ABC News said 39 dead, including at least 24 children, The NPR's version was 24 children and 11 adults in a gun and knife attack, Forbes counted at least 34 people, including 22 children were killed, while the CNBC reported gunman kills 35.

Philip Schneider And Hilary Swank


Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank announced on Good Morning America that she's pregnant, at 48, with twins.

Swank said she'd been wanting this for a long time

The Million Dollar Baby star also posted an animated clip on her Instagram handle.

Lincoln, Nebraska-born Swank and her husband, social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider have been married for four years now.

 Schneider is 49. The couple haven't revealed if Swank conceived through IVF as many older women do. 
 
Both Swank and Schneider share common love for nature and tennis.

Kevin Spacey


House of Cards star Kevin Spacey is set to face a civil trial, five years after Star Trek actor Anthony  Rapp accused the Oscar-winning actor of sexual abuse when Rapp was 14.

The encounter between the two is alleged to have happened in New York City in 1986, when Rapp was a child actor and Spacey, then 26.

Rapp is suing Spacey for $40 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Spacey, 63, has denied the accusations. The trial will be heard in the Manhattan federal court.