Katie Long is a contributing digital producer for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, on WNYC, and WNET/Channel Thirteen New York. 

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Coke by any other name: Who makes your soft drink?

Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé? Do you know who makes the beverages you drink?
Posted In: Coca-cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, soda, bottled water

The numbers for August 23, 2013: All the tech that's fit to print

12 months

The amount of time Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has left at the helm of the company. Ballmer announced today that he will stay on until the tech giant finds his replacement. (USA Today)

1 in 5
One in five Americans do not use the Internet at all. Private companies (such as Facebook) and public agencies (such as the FCC) are trying to change this. (NYT)

78.9%

The percent of daily active Facebook users who visit the social networking site from their mobile devices. Test your knowledge of the week's tech numbers with our quiz Silicon Tally. (Marketplace)

The numbers for August 22, 2013: Beneath and below

197 million

Yahoo's July unique visitor number beat Google for the first time since 2011, but there's a catch beneath the ComScore data. (MarketWatch)

$1.2 million

A hedge fund manager is using deep pockets to make a very deep basement. The London multi-millionaire has to pay the local government a fee of more than $1.2 million for clearance to build a luxurious two-story basement under his mansion, complete with a pool and spa. So-called "iceberg homes" are growing in London. (Daily Mail)

The numbers for August 21, 2013: Survey says!

#1

We've got a new survey of the most -- and least -- respected brands, according to CoreBrand. The consulting firm has Coke and Pepsi tied for first. At the bottom of the list is Delta, along with Philip Morris, H&R Block and Denny's. (Yahoo! Finance)

32

The age we start acting just like our parents, according to a survey by website Netmums.com. Don't belive them? Check out their roundup of the 50 signs you are becoming your parents. (Daily Mail)

4%

The average annual family health care premium rose 4 percent in 2013, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey. While that rate of growth greatly outpaces wage increases, it is modest compared to health care cost gains of the previous decade. (NYT)

The numbers for August 20, 2013: Foods and flavors

200

AirAsia Japan will now become Vanilla Air. Executives chose the new name from over 200 other options. The airline's president says the name stuck because vanilla is "loved by everyone in the world." (Telegraph)

$50

The going price of a bag of Doritos on eBay. These are special chips, of course. The bags were distributed by Seattle police at the city's annual Hempfest and bare stickers cheekily explaining to stoners what is an isn't allowed under Washington's marijuana law. (Seattle P-I)

5

Fusion cooking is nothing new: Think Tex-Mex or barbecue chicken pizza. But what about the latest crop of remixes -- cronuts, pizzabons, and ramen burgers? Check our ranking of the five best and worst current food mash-ups. (Marketplace)

The numbers for July 31, 2013: 1s and 50s

50

The percent of 18-24-year-old TV and computer users that look at Facebook during primetime hours, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Bloomberg)

1st

According to astrophysicist Jason Steffen at the University of Illinois, the best order to board an airplane is to fill the window seats first. (PopSci)

150

As in Ford's F-150 will now be available to run on compressed natural gas. (USA Today)

The numbers for July 30, 2013: 30 for 30

30 percent

Researchers at Yale have found 30 percent of mothers have difficulty affording diapers, a family staple which is largely left out of government assistance programs. (CBS News)

30 years

Three duets between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson recorded in 1983 are set to be released this fall, two years after producers secured access from the Jackson estate. (Hollywood Reporter)

30 minutes

What's wrong with finishing a game of Monopoly in 30 minutes? Nothing, according to Hasbro. To condense the game from a meal to a snack, the toymaker eliminated jail. (Marketplace)

20 for 30

The older you get, the wiser you get? Maybe. But here's 20 tips 20-somethings can give to 30-somethings. (Marketplace)

The numbers for July 26, 2013: Today's billions

$3.7 billion

The amount of money Mark Zuckerberg made yesterday -- in a single day -- when Facebook stock went up 30 percent. (Forbes)

$8.2 billion

The amount video game maker Activision (famous for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft) is paying its parent company Vivendi to become wholly independent. (Bloomberg)

$10 billion
The amount of money the government wants SAC Capital to forfeit in what it regards as ill-gotten gains. Catch up on hedge fund SAC Capital's insider trading charges with our Whiteboard Explainer. (Marketplace Whiteboard)

Goodbye, Mitt: Remembering Jason Sudeikis' biz bits

Comedian Jason Sudeikis is leaving "Saturday Night Live." He spoofed Mitt Romney during the businessman's presidential run and also lampooned other business leaders, too.
Posted In: satire, comedy, Entertainment

The numbers for July 25, 2013: Brits and bookstores

Six tenths

More good news for the U.K., the latest numbers show its economy grew more quickly than expected from April to June, at a rate of 0.6 percent. (The Independent)

10 pounds

Under pressure to diversify, the Bank of England has unveiled a new 10 pound note with an engraving of Jane Austen. Britain's finance minister took to social media with a pun he had all worked out: the move, he tweeted, showed "sense and sensibility." He should have said: "Pence and Cent-sibility." (BBC)

40 percent
The chocolate effect. According to research published in The Journal of Environmental Psychology, people are more likely to buy books if they smell chocolate. Researchers found sales of food, drink and romance books ticked up by 40 percent amid the aroma of cocoa. ()

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