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The numbers for Monday, September 30: Rebuilding Iraq

$150,000

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)


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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. (Marketplace.org)

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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)

$163

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

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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)

2015

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)


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Sep 24, 2013

The numbers for September 23: Zeroed out

9

The percentage increase in revenue a company can get when it receives one extra Yelp star, according to a Harvard study. Yelp and other online reviews carry a lot of weight. That's why regulators in New York have started to crack down on fake reviews. (Michael Luca/Harvard)

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The amount of fur that can now be sold in West Hollywood, Calif. The city has just put into place one of the first bans on fur sales in the country. But is the move just symbolic? (Marketplace)


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Sep 23, 2013

The numbers for Friday, September 20: How much would it ... ?

$1,000

The price of a Priceline share. As of this week, it's the first S&P 500 company ever to trade above $1,000 a share. (Marketplace)

$24

The amount per hour it would cost you if you wanted someone to wait in line for you to get the new iPhone. Placeholder services, like WunWun, offer to stand in line for you in exchange for a fee. (Marketplace)

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The number of hours it took one gamer to finish Grand Theft Auto 5, which came out this week. (BuzzFeed)


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Sep 20, 2013

The numbers for Thursday, September 19, 2013: Both ends of the spectrum

778

Chipotle's CEO makes 778 times more than the average worker at his company. But what does that discrepancy really tell us? (And why is the federal government interested in tracking that statistics?) (Marketplace)

1990

The last time Mexico's national soccer team didn't qualify for the World Cup, more than 20 years ago. But right now, Mexico is dangerously close to missing out on next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. And if they don't qualify, it could be a big economic blow for both sides of the border. (Bloomberg)

$1

The going price for a bunch of homes in Gary, Ind. But there's a catch. (Marketplace)


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Sep 19, 2013

The numbers for Wednesday, September 18, 2013: Explain to me ...

73

The percentage of Americans who don't understand what Quantitative Easing is, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey. Lucky for you, Marketplace put together a handy explainer. (Reuters)

20

The consecutive number of years Bill Gates has been number one on the Forbes 400 list, which annually ranks the country's richest folks. Why is the media obsessed with lists? We read off a list to explain. Just kidding, of course (Although I'd be lying if I said a list wasn't involved in some way. (Marketplace)


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Sep 18, 2013

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