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