By The Numbers

Your move, Netflix

Tony Wagner Dec 18, 2014
$90 million

That’s how much Sony Pictures Entertainment will lose from the production and marketing of its now-canceled film “The Interview,” the Wrap reports. That doesn’t include lost box office or home video revenue, or the long-term costs of the cyberattack that pushed Sony to cancel the movie in the first place. Meanwhile, at least one theater is showing 2004’s “Team America: World Police,” another comedy about fighting North Korea, in place of “The Interview.” (Update: Paramount has canceled those screenings.) Quartz also makes a convincing case for releasing the movie on Netflix.


There’s lot of questions about how relations with Cuba will change after yesterday’s announcement from President Barack Obama; from travel regulations, to how many Cuban cigars Americans can purchase. But over at Gizmodo, they’re wondering if Cuba will now cash in the $4,000 rent checks sent every year by the U.S. government to pay for the use of Guantanamo Bay. Up until now, the country has refused to accept the payments.

89 cents a minute

That’s the most common cost of a phone call to or from prison in 2013, along with a $3.95 fee. Using that figure, Bloomberg estimates the calls reporter Sarah Koenig recorded for “Serial”  which wraps its first season Thursday  cost the podcast more than $2,500.

1 hour

That’s the amount of time in which Amazon’s Prime Now says it can deliver orders in Manhattan, as reported by the WSJ. Announced Thursday, Amazon says as many as 25,000 items are available through the service. We’ll go ahead and wait until they launch a predictive delivery service called Prime Yesterday.

1 news site

The number of news sites tested by ProPublica that weren’t censored Wednesday in China. The organization has been testing the sites behind China’s firewall daily for several weeks, and another site has been at it all year. The results are collected in this interactive graphic.

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