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The numbers for September 12, 2014

Tony Wagner Sep 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius could face 15 years behind bars following his conviction for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend last year. It’s equivalent to a manslaughter conviction, The New York Times reported, ruling that Pistorius was negligent when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door. He was acquitted of a murder charge Thursday. Pistorius won’t be sentenced until next month.

Here are some other stories we’re reading — and numbers we’re watching — Friday morning.

$97

 The price of Brent crude oil in London on Thursday. Foreign Policy reports oil prices are at their lowest point in the past year and falling, despite numerous crises tearing through the Middle East.

289,310

 The number of people sharing “Game of Thrones” via BitTorrent during one sample week earlier this year, making “Thrones” the most pirated TV show of that week by far. This number is relevant again Friday amid reports from Quartz and others that HBO could offer its streaming service, HBO Go, to customers separate from cable packages. 

$9 million

How much Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is donating to U.S. efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Reuters reported. The donation will be made through Allen’s foundation, which already committed $2.8 million last month. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also promised to give $50 million to U.N. efforts this week.

10

Because it’s Friday: That’s the age of Fortune contributor Sabrina Lane. Sabrina has written an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, pleading with him to not change “Minecraft” — her favorite game — after Microsoft buys its maker.

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