By The Numbers - Most Commented
The numbers for September 24: What used to be ...
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)
The numbers for September 23: Zeroed out
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)
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)
The numbers for Friday, September 20: How much would it ... ?
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)
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)
The numbers for Thursday, September 19, 2013: Both ends of the spectrum
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)
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)
The going price for a bunch of homes in Gary, Ind. But there's a catch. (Marketplace)
The numbers for Wednesday, September 18, 2013: Explain to me ...
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)
The numbers for Tuesday, September 17, 2013: GTA
Researchers in China examined 70 million online comments to see what kind of feelings were expressed in them. They found that anger is more contagious online than any other emotion. Where's the love people?! (Marketplace)
The approximate amount it cost to make Grand Theft Auto 5. Pre-sales have been good, but GTA already has a huge following. With development costs now so high, creating a new game from scratch has become a high-stakes business. (Marketplace)
The numbers for Monday, September 16, 2013:
1/4: The proportion of Americans under the age of 60 who can expect to get money passed down to them, according to a new report out today. The fact that so few Americans expect to inherit money from relatives -- and that most expect to get just $10,000-50,000 -- has big implications for their retirement plans.
$300 million: The projected cost of upgrades to a shipping port in Charleston, South Carolina. Vice President Joe Biden will hopscotch from one port to the next on Monday as he makes the case for more investment in infrastructure projects.
The numbers for Friday, September 13, 2013: A devil-ish number
The average dollar cost of in vitro fertilization. Should the fertility industry be more transparent about rates of success and failure? (Marketplace)
The number of resumes that Yahoo gets every week - about one for every employee - according to CEO Marissa Mayer. (Marketplace)
Satan's favorite number. Also, the flight number of a Finnair plane, which flew from Copenhagen to Helsinki today. Helsinki's airport code is HEL. And today is Friday the 13th. Have a great weekend! (lest you get too worried, the flight landed safe and sound, reaching the gate 3 minutes early). (Marketplace)
The numbers for Thursday, September 12, 2013: Dell and LinkedIn
The amount of money that Dell's shareholders approved in the company's big buyout, announced Thursday. After months of deal-making, Dell has gone private. (Marketplace)
The new age requirement to join professional networking site LinkedIn. On Thursday, the company lowered the entry age from 18 to 14. Parents, you took over Facebook. Now high schoolers are invading your space. #Revengeofthekids (Marketplace)