Digits: FT-Ex, Prime Air, and more

Plus: Wordle’s leader, landline numbers, and a neat Uber stat.

1) FT… Ex. The Miami Heat are ending their 19-year, $135m arena naming rights deal with bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, which also had lucrative deals with Tom Brady, the MLB, UC Berkeley, and others.

Digits: FT-Ex, Prime Air, and more

2) Tracy Bennett, an associate puzzles editor at The New York Times since 2020, is now also the official editor of Wordle. The job takes Bennett ~30 minutes to an hour a day, and the game still gets “tens of millions” of players daily.

3) Telecommunications companies once employed 350k US landline operators. Today, there are just 550, and AT&T is ending its landline operator service in 21 states, affecting 3m of its 8.5m landline customers.

4) In Latin America, Uber and DiDi roam the streets of major cities. But in Brazil, for instance, Uber only covers 131 of 5.5k urban areas with 10k+ people. That’s prompted the rise of hundreds of hyperlocal ride hailing apps — many of which are made by a company called Gaudium.

5) Amazon started its two-day delivery program ~17 years ago. But by the end of 2022, the milestone could drop to 30 minutes, as its 80-pound, 50 mph MK27-2 drone starts making deliveries of up to 12 kilometers roundtrip in California and Texas.

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