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The Numbers for Friday, November 15: Environmentally-friendly

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The number of tons of confiscated elephant ivory that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services destroyed on Thursday, a move that wildlife groups says sends a message to criminal traffickers that the ivory is worthless. The stockpile was accumulated over 25 years of seizures and undercover investigations that prevented the ivory from being sold illegally in the U.S. or overseas. (Yahoo! Finance)

$80 million

Google's investment into six solar energy plants in California and Arizona that the company expects to power 17,000 homes in the United States. So far, the company has put more than $1 billion into solar and wind projects since 2010. (Mashable)

$484 million

The amount it's going to cost private trash haulers in New York to comply with the city's new emissions standards for the fleets of trucks that collect refuse. According to a new law signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, by 2017 at least 90 percent of the city's own diesel-powered trash truck must meet the tougher standards, while private haulers have three years on top of that to do the same. (NYT)


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Nov 15, 2013

The Numbers for Thursday, November 14: We're not dead yet

1,500

The number of refurbished typewriters one company sells every year from their website, typewriters.com, proving that there is still some demand for the seemingly outdated technology. The electronic business typewriters remain favored by law offices, funeral parlors, and anybody else who has to fill out lots of forms or make labels. (Marketplace)

$60 billion

Google's expected revenue this year, most of which comes from advertising sales, and as Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget points out, makes the company bigger than either the newspaper or magazine industries in the U.S. for the first time. (Business Insider)

$60,000

The annual income that ride-sharing service Uber has been saying drivers in LA could make by participating in the service; that's double what many cab drivers in the area make. Ever since states like California legalized the services earlier this year, taxi companies, burdened with more regulations, have been looking for ways to compete, including sending drivers to customer service lessons. (Southern California Public Radio)


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Nov 14, 2013

The Numbers for Wednesday, November 13: Artsy business

 

$142.2 million

The amount Francis Bacon's 1969 " Three Studies of Lucian Freud" was auctioned off for at a sale at Christie's, the most ever paid for a work of art. The previous record was held by Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which went for $119.9 million in 2012. The record could possibly be broken again tonight, when Andy Warhol's 1963 painting "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" hits the auction block at Sotheby's in New York. (Marketplace)

$1 billion

The total value of a cache of 1,406 artworks found last year in in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of a Nazi art dealer. The German government began publishing details of the artworks in the hoard this week that may have been seized by the Nazis or lost by Jewish collectors in forced sales. Families of the artworks' previous owners are working with authorities to see the paintings returned, but the incident has raised questions about whether more art lost during the Holocaust still resides in private collections. (Bloomberg)

$0

The amount one group of Romanian art thieves made off of their heist last year of two drawings by Monet and one painting each by Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Lucian Freud and Jacob Meyer de Haan from a Rotterdam museum. Speculation in the press initially had valued the stolen works at around $400 million, but the high-profile nature of the theft made the paintings and drawings impossible to sell, at least for the criminals inexperienced in the black market of stolen art. (The New York Times)


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Nov 13, 2013

Sriracha hot sauce under fire; company's founder speaks out

Nov 13, 2013
The famous Sriracha hot sauce faces a production stoppage after a judge ruled against the company.
Posted In: Sriracha, hot sauce

The Numbers for Tuesday, November 12: Watching TV

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The number of months Russian fans of "Game of Thrones" had to wait after the U.S premiere to watch new episodes, driving many to pirate copies on torrent sites. Next year's season will be different, though: HBO signed a deal with a Russian pay-TV group to ensure the fourth season coincides with U.S. air dates. (Bloomberg)

113,000

The number of cable and satellite TV subscribers that cut ties with their companies in the last financial quarter, capping off the worst 12-month period of losses for the industry. Analysts claim the rate of cord-cutting has slowed though, and revenue for pay-TV companies actually climbed during the period. (The Hollywood Reporter)


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Nov 12, 2013

Philippines: How to help typhoon victims

Nov 12, 2013
At a time when everyone is trying to help out, a look at the top charities that will make good use of your donations.
Posted In: Super Typhoon Haiyan, philippines, disaster relief

The Numbers for Monday, November 11: Good news for consumers

$6 billion

The amount of money the United States Post Office expects to lose this year, a loss they hope to reduce after inking a new deal with Amazon to start offering package delivery on Sundays. The partnership will start its service in New York and Los Angeles but Amazon expects to roll out the program in more cities next year. (Marketplace)

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The time of day (p.m.) on Thanksgiving when Target will open its doors to shoppers looking to get a head start on Black Friday deals. The new opening time is an hour earlier than last year, and will see the stores remaining open until 11 p.m. the following day. How many bargain-hunters will use this as an excuse to skip out on Turkey Day dish-duty? (Yahoo! Finance)

$1,000

The amount of cash per employee that "patent trolls" have demanded from small businesses simply for using everyday office equipment the patent licensing companies claim they hold patents for. The Senate Commerce Committee held talks last week on a bill aimed at curbing patent troll practices, including this method of sending thousands of letters not to manufacturers, but their consumers, demanding they pay up for using the disputed technologies. (Ars Technica)


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Nov 11, 2013

The numbers for Friday, November 8, 2013: Fork it over, Twitter

$5,940

The amount of money Twitter owes our very own Kai Ryssdal. That's according to a fun interactive Time magazine created which calculates a monetary figure by factoring in the number of followers someone has, how many times a day that person tweets, and compounds it by some corporate valuation numbers Twitter put in its IPO prospectus. Kai could buy a lot of red pantswith that. (TIME)

25

The amount of years satirical newspaper The Onion has been in print. But that's soon coming to an end -- the December 12th issue will be the Onion's last issue in print. But don't fret. The paper will still be available online. (AdAge)


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Nov 8, 2013

Hedge fund founder calls insider trading rules "vague"

Nov 8, 2013
The documentary series Frontline uncovered video related to Steven A. Cohen and SAC Capital's fine of $1.2 billion.
Posted In: insider trading, Steven Cohen, sac capital

The numbers for Thursday, November 7, 2013: Twitter = coal canary?

$48.50

Nope, we're not talking about Twitter's share price debut on the NYSE. That number was Boston Market's share price back in 1993 when the chicken restaurant chain went public. Just like Twitter, which is currently seeing its share price leap more than 80 percent above its offering price, Boston Market's stock price soared to an almost-unheard-of 140 percent by the day's end (!), closing at $48.50. So who's the big bird now? (Yahoo! Finance)

25 million

While we're on the subject of birds, Thanksgiving is 21 days away (countdowns start early in our office) and if you're planning on flying, that's the number of people that will be traveling by air between November 22 and December 3 -- about 1.5 percent more than a year ago. So, happy travels! (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)


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Nov 7, 2013

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