By The Numbers

The Uber of Facebook is Uber

Marketplace Staff Dec 17, 2015
$1.1 trillion

That’s the size of the spending bill nearing a vote in Congress. It includes the biggest changes so far to one of Congressional Republicans’ top legislative targets over the last half-dozen years: Obamacare. Provisions would delay or suspend three taxes that help finance the Affordable Care Act.

$20

That’s how much Facebook and Uber will comp users of the social network’s Messenger app towards their first ride using the two companies’ new partnership. Now, users of Messenger won’t have to leave the app to call a car via Uber. As BBC Tech writes, the messenger app has about 700 million users, giving Uber access to a huge crop of new customers.

$35 million

That’s how much Martin Shkreli, the man behind Turing Pharmaceuticals, claimed assets belonging to his hedge fund were worth. In real life, they were worth about $1,000. He was arrested Thursday for securities fraud. Shkreli has gained notoriety lately for dramatically raising the price of a $13.50 pill to $750. As the New York Times writes, Shkreli had been questioned about fraud charges before, but had dismissed them as untrue.

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