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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

Free coffee this weekend: Coffee lovers rejoice!

Sep 27, 2013
Sunday is National Coffee Day and popular coffee shops are offering complimentary caffeine. Here's a list.
Posted In: coffee, caffeine, starbucks

Banned books week: How the blacklist can goose a book's sales

Sep 26, 2013
With Banned Book Week upon us, we investigate whether the attention created by a ban on a book results in increased sales for the author.
Posted In: Books, banned book list

The numbers for Wednesday, September 25, 2013: Being unproductive

2 billion

The amount of meetings per year that are seen as unproductive, according to a recent survey. Out of an estimated 4 billion total meetings per year. Doing the math...that's about half. Let's not have a meeting to discuss this grotesque lack of productivity, okay? And no email about it either, please. (


The amount of online comments that magazine Popular Science will now allow on its website. The magazine's content director said "comments can be bad for science." Google also will be making tweaks to the commenting system on YouTube. Care to comment on the lack of comments on other websites? Feel free to share your comments about no comments on the comments section of our website! (PopSci)


The amount on average a healthy 27-year-old would pay for a basic health exchange package under Obama's Affordable Care Act. Prices for the plans were by

Sep 25, 2013

Could future taxpayers (kids) be getting the short stick?

Sep 24, 2013
A report out this week shows that the projected $1.2 trillion increase in federal spending over the next 10 years will not trickle down much to spending on programs that affect children.
Posted In: Urban Institute, stimulus

The numbers for September 24: What used to be ...

$83 billion

The amount smartphone maker BlackBerry was valued at just five years ago. Now the company is essentially collapsing into the arms of a buyer -- Fairfax Financial Holdings of Toronto -- for under $5 billion. (WSJ)


The year when a new Internet law will go into effect in California. The law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown aims to protect minors from having a permanent record of photos and phrases they might regret. It requires website operators to erase posts by the minors who request it. So attention all kids -- you still have a chance to get that twerking video down. Trust me, your future employer doesn't need to see it. (LAT)

Sep 24, 2013