By The Numbers - Most Commented


Quiz: What do you know about home values?

Oct 10, 2013
Does living on a dead-end street lower a home's value? What if your home has a pool? Test your knowledge of home values by taking our quiz!
Posted In: Housing, buying a home

Does income inequality stifle creativity?

Oct 9, 2013
Musician David Byrne argues that wealth inequality in New York is favoring the rich over the creative.
Posted In: income inequality, wealth gap, New York City, art, creativity

Federal shutdown threatens to shortchange blood banks

Oct 7, 2013
Canceled blood drives could have a cascade effect on the nation's blood supply.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, American Red Cross, blood banks

The numbers for Friday, October 4: Breaking down the numbers of Breaking Bad


The number of Twitter users who were tweeting about Breaking Bad during Sunday's finale. Also the number of tears my colleague shed after realizing the show was over. (Silicon Tally)


The number of jobs that were added to the workforce last month, according to most economic forecasters. Because of the government shutdown, labor statisticians who normally put the monthly jobs report together were forced out of work, so our best bet this time around is a prediction. (Marketplace)


The number of NASA interns who lost their dorm housing because of the federal shutdown. Since NASA's housing for interns is government owned and operated, staff was no longer on duty and the facility had to close its doors to all residents. That's some serious hazing. (Marketplace)

Oct 4, 2013

Facebook takes 'home office' to a new level

Oct 3, 2013
Living where you work, working where you live.
Posted In: Facebook, rent, housing market, San Francisco

The numbers for Thursday, October 3: The drop


The number of planned job cuts announced by American companies last month, according to a new report. That's a 20 percent drop from the previous month. (Challenger, Gray and Christmas)


The approximate number of cars that catch on fire each year. Shares of Tesla, the electric car company, fell by more than six percent yesterday, after a Tesla Model S caught fire in Washington, and a video of thatwent viral. (Marketplace)

Oct 3, 2013

The numbers for Wednesday, October 2, 2013: We've reached our limit

$16.7 trillion

The amount our national debt ceiling limit is currently set at. That’s how much money the U.S. Treasury Department can legally borrow to pay its bills. Congress has until October 17 to increase it or risk a potential economic disaster. But who does the U.S. actually owe the $16.7 trillion to? So yeah, don't forget to worry about the debt ceiling while you're worrying about the government shutdown. (Marketplace)


The number of top investors at Microsoft who now want to see chairman and founder Bill Gates to step down, according to a new report. The investors argue that Gates' iconic presence on the board of directors would deter a more risk-taking person from stepping in as CEO Steve Ballmer's successor, once he retires within the year. (Reuters)

Oct 2, 2013

MULTIMEDIA: What's a city sound like in a shutdown?

Oct 1, 2013
One day after the biggest employer in the nation’s capital shut its doors, Washington's other businesses are trying to figure out what they’ll do.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013

Ultimatums are for children and Congress: Listeners respond to the shutdown

Oct 1, 2013
In response to the shutdown of the federal government, we asked for your experiences with giving others financial ultimatums.
Posted In: Congress, government shutdown 2013, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

The numbers for Monday, September 30: Rebuilding Iraq


The approximate amount in marketing costs you'd have to fork over in marketing if you wanted to get your app listed as a top 10 app in any app store online. The mobile app market is incredibly competitive these days, so how do you stick out from the crowd? (Marketplace)

$60 billion

The amount U.S. taxpayers have spent rebuilding Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Today, the office that Congress set up to keep an eye on all that money is closing its doors for good. According to one government oversight expert, the office didn't do too bad -- he gives them an A-/B+ -- in part because the team's investigations helped recover $2 billion in direct savings or in court ordered recoveries. (Marketplace)

Sep 30, 2013



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Technology can make us better, faster, stronger, and more productive. But it has another promise: accessibility. Marketplace Tech takes a look at how the latest gadgets and apps are helping people with disabilities approach their life in new ways – from using iPhones for dyslexia to wearing Google Glass for autism.