By The Numbers

Don’t forget to register your drone

Marketplace Staff Dec 14, 2015
$5

That’s how much it will cost to register a drone with the FAA. On Monday, a new rule was announced requiring every owner of a drone that weighs between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register the device. As Mashable writes, it’s a huge undertaking, especially considering an estimated 1 million drones will be purchased this holiday season.

$11 billion

According to a Goldman Sachs report, that’s how much marketplace lenders — companies who offer so-called peer-to-peer lending — could steal in profits from the $150 billion lending industry over the next five years. Now that fintech (financial technology) has entered payment methods, lending seems to be the next market primed for disruption.

$240 million

That’s how much Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour has earned in gross ticket sales. And if you happen to have missed the tour, fear not: Apple announced a partnership with Swift to offer exclusive streaming of one of the performances from the tour. As the New York Times writes, the relationship between the singer-songwriter and Apple dates back to a tumblr post penned by Swift after the company said it would not pay royalties to artists during the trial run of its music streaming service.

600 million

That’s how many packages the U.S. postal service estimates it will deliver between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve this year. While revenue from people mailing first-class has declined, the rise of online shopping has created a new challenge for postal workers: a fistful of letters is one thing, but walking door to door to pick-up and deliver packages is much more work.

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