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Just in time for the holidays, a flight re-booking app

Marketplace Staff Nov 23, 2015
15 percent

That’s the effective tax rate Pfizer stands to enjoy via its merger with Allergan, announced Monday. Compare that to Pfizer’s current 25 percent rate. The $160 billion “inversion” has the smaller company (Allergan, PLC) technically buying the much larger Pfizer, which allows the latter to take advantage of lower tax rates in Ireland.

1

That’s the number of times you need to push the Dominos “Easy Order” button to order a pizza. Technically, you can already order pizza with a single tap via the Dominos app, but now there’s a physical device to go along with it. The button comes in a tiny pizza box, and connects via Bluetooth. Though, as Mashable Tech writes, it’s currently only available in the UK. 

2020

That’s the year by which Volvo says it wants to eliminate automobile deaths all together. How do they plan to do it? With Concept 26, a re-imagining of what autonomous driving could look like in the future.

$19

That’s as little as you’ll pay for the services of a Boston-area startup named Freebird. Just in time for holiday travel, the company promises to re-book cancelled or delayed flights based on your specific preferences of time and destination. Freebird banks on the idea that most fliers become frustrated when airlines automatically re-book them on routes that don’t necessarily account for when they need to arrive, or if they have connecting flights. Though, it’s not exactly like travel insurance. As Bloomberg writes, you pay the company’s fee, plus you shoulder the cost of the new ticket.

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