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$1 trillion

Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, became the fourth U.S. company to hit the amount in market value last Thursday. Alphabet, Apple, Amazon.com, and Microsoft are the only U.S. companies to reach this amount.

January 18, 2020
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130 million

The number of customers that would be impacted by a T-mobile and Sprint merger. Several states oppose the deal because it would increase prices for customers and decrease competition in the telephone market as it “would leave the United States with three major phone carriers instead of four.” A U.S. District Court judge heard closing arguments on Wednesday, and will make his ruling “as promptly as possible.”

January 17, 2020
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42 percent

The proportion of people who said that they put “a lot” of trust in the U.S. Postal Service to do the right thing, a study from Morning Consult found. The survey asked participants, “How much do you trust each brand to do what is right?” and, overall, the USPS earned the top trusted spot with Amazon (38.8 percent) and Google (37.9 percent) following next. Only 7 percent said they had the same trust in the U.S. government.

January 16, 2020
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$690,000

The donation that Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, has promised to give to the Australian wildlife recovery effort. Many are upset by the number as it is less than Bezos makes in 5 working minutes.

January 15, 2020
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11 from a class of 18,000

The number of new U.S. astronauts officially added to NASA ranks last Friday. “The new graduates may be assigned to missions destined for the International Space Station, the Moon, and ultimately, Mars. With a goal of sustainable lunar exploration later this decade, NASA will send the first woman and next man to the surface on the Moon by 2024. Additional lunar missions are planned once a year thereafter and human exploration of Mars is targeted for the mid-2030s.”

January 14, 2020
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