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. 


Features by Katie Long

The numbers for July 12, 2013: Bad movies by numbers


Adam Sandler's new movie "Grown Ups 2" scored an amazing 7 percent on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Even the rare positive review is cold comfort. The best the Detroit News could muster: "Friendship, family and breasts: Sometimes that's all you need." Ouch. We'll see what happens at the box office. (Rotten Tomatoes)

1 million

If you were on Twitter last night, you could be forgiven for believing everybody and their mother was watching "Sharknado" on the Syfy channel. Not so, according to the overnight Nielsen ratings. In fact, only 1 million people tuned in, despite the social media hullabaloo. (LAT)


This one's real, though it sounds like a movie. Russia's Federal Guard Service, an agency which protects high ranking officials, is buying typewriters -- 20 Triumph Adlers -- in order to protect against cyber espionage. (The Guardian)

The numbers for July 11, 2013: Currency by numbers

25 euro

No more fancy French meals for French bankers. Credit Agricole is ordering its investment bankers to stick to a 25 euro limit on meals in Paris. "It's embarrassing," an unnamed banker moaned to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ)

1,200 Canadian dollars

Cash money can burn a hole in your pocket -- or just burn. A woman in Canada says she's out 1,200 Canadian dollars after a fat stack of bills melted under a table lamp. Canada's money is made of plastic which the government says lasts longer and is harder to counterfeit than paper. But many Canadians complain the money melts easily in hot cars or a dryer cycle. (The Observer)

125,000 American dollars

Goodwill does not want your TV, at least not in Pittsburgh. A new state recycling law bans trashing TVs and disposing of them legally can involve paying recycling fees. Goodwill says once the law went into effect, lots more people began donating TVs. Now the charity's telling people to take their tubes elsewhere, because the recycling fees -- at $125,000 to get rid of their backlog -- will cut into Goodwill's budget for good works. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

The numbers for July 10, 2013: History by numbers


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to talk about the Fed's first 100 years at a conference in Massachusetts this afternoon. It could be an opportunity to elaborate on the thinking behind the Fed's June meeting on interest rates. The Fed will release the minutes of that meeting later today. (Forbes)


As in Apollo moon missions 11 through 17. House Democrats proposed legislation this week to establish a national park on the moon. The park will include artifacts left on the lunar surface from the Apollo missions. (National Journal)


It's been five years since Apple's App store opened with just about 500 apps. Today the store offers over 850,000. (Marketplace)

The numbers for July 9, 2013: Food by numbers


The best thing since... Sliced bread turns 85 this year. (Mental Floss)

$2.4 billion

Consolidation, aisle 10. Supermarket chain Kroger is buying Harris Teeter for $2.4 billion. (NYT)

45 days

The new shelf life of Twinkies, which are heading back to stores on July 15. The private equity firms that own Hostess will freeze the cream filled delicacies before delivery to stores to delay their use-by date. (Yahoo)

The numbers for July 8, 2013: Number play


The number of years since a Brit won at Wimbledon, or so we're told. Turns out, 77 is the right number but in the wrong context. It has not been 77 years since a British player won Wimbledon. Virginia Wade did it 36 years ago, back in the year -- wait for it -- '77. (Marketplace)


The percent of the world's wood Scandanavian furniture company IKEA uses every year. (Pacific Standard)


The year the Apple 1 computer was first sold in Silicon Valley for the devilish price of $666.66. Christie's is auctioning off the first ever Apple product tomorrow. (All Things D)

The numbers for July 5, 2013: Close, but no cigar

30 million

Samsung sold 30 million more smartphones than Apple in the first quarter of 2013. They also posted a 47 percent increase in profit for the second quarter. Investors wanted more and sent the company's stock down this morning. (Marketplace)


The U.S. added 195,000 non-farm jobs in June, edging out analyst forecasts but not enough to lower the unemployment rate. Part-time jobs shot up as well as hiring in the retail and tourism sectors. (BLS)


Phone companies Huawei and China Mobile say they are now providing fast 4G mobile data service to Mount Everest. Not all the way at the top, but at 17,000 feet. (Telegraph)

Yahoo's acquisition merry-go-round continues

With July comes three more investments: Bignoggins Productions, Qwiki and Xobni.
Posted In: Yahoo, Marissa Mayer

The numbers for July 4, 2013: Happy Birthday, America

$59 Million

The estimated damage to Liberty and Ellis Island from Sandy. The Statue of Liberty, closed since the storm, reopens today. (AP)


The proportion of Mercedes car lines that use hemp in door panels. The hemp business is hoping to get a boost today as the U.S. Capitol flies an American flag made of hemp for the Fourth of July holiday. (Marketplace)


The number of hot dogs Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate in 10 minutes at last year's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. Today he'll see if he can break his record. (USA Today)

Yelp Worldmap: Testing the correlation between hipsters and money

Yelp has created heat maps showing the geographical density for search terms 'hipster,' 'pricey,' and more. Here's our (unscientific) look at the correlation between hipsters and money.
Posted In: Yelp, hipsters

The numbers for July 2, 2013: Thousands, millions, billions


In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, car-for-hire app Uber will be offering helicopter rides for $3,000 to Hampton's visitors. (CNET)


Candy Crush Saga, a mobile gaming app, now has 150 million monthly users. To put that in perspective, only about 125 million people voted in the last presidential election. (Bloomberg)


Think student loans are a scourge of the young? Think again. According to data from the New York Federal Reserve, Americans aged 60 years and older now owe $43 billion in student loan debt. (Reuters)


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