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It’s world EV day – here’s how the industry is celebrating

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Today is World EV Day – a day that celebrates the record growth of the electric car sector and the future that awaits

Over the next 48 hours, the world will celebrate the current status of the electric vehicle market, how the sector has grown and the future that awaits.

Currently, EVs are still targeting the higher end of the market – such as Tesla’s, which goes to show where the industry is currently positioned. It particularly highlights the industry’s focus on cost reductions on the most expensive component – the battery.

Thankfully prices are moving south and right now, EVs are more affordable than ever.

World EV day is observed on September 9 every year.

The day marks the celebration of e-mobility. Special awareness campaigns are organised globally to educate people about the benefits of electric vehicles.

World EV Day was an initiative created by sustainability media company Green.TV

While China is the largest EV market in the world, India is emerging as the next favourite destination for automotive companies. The government has promised to offer all possible help to take the electric vehicle industry forward. Notably, India’s automotive industry is the fifth largest in the world. It is set to become the third largest by 2030.

The day of celebration comes as Toyota announces big plans to invest in the EV future

Toyota Motor Corp has revealed it anticipating to spend more than $13.5 billion by 2030 on electric car technology.

The car manufacturer stated it will spend the cash on developing batteries and battery-supply plants in a major bid to become a leader in the EV tech over the next 10 years.

Toyota is the world’s largest automaker by volume and has pioneered hybrid gasoline-electric cars with the popular Prius model. Toyota is now moving rapidly to deliver its first all-electric line-up in 2022.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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