Katie Long is an associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

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The numbers for May 23, 2013: Happy birthday, Bob!

$18.5 trillion

The amount of money being sheltered by individuals in tax havens around the world, according to anti-poverty group Oxfam. Oxfam says it could end poverty on earth...twice over. (The Guardian)

23,000

How many less people signed up for unemployment benefits last week versus the week before. It's a volatile statistic, but one to keep an eye on. (USA Today)

79

The age of Robert Moog, who invented the analogue Moog synthesizer. It gained notoriety at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival and has been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since. Happy Birthday Bob!

$240,000

The monthly mobile phone bill for a couple from Swansea, Wales. The phone was quietly connecting to the Internet every 20 minutes for three weeks. The husband says he did notice his phone was running a bit warm. (BBC)

480

The number of drone strikes carried out by the CIA and Department of Defense, as released by Bloomberg.

19%

The percent of community college students who go on to receive a four-year degree. Meanwhile, 69 percent of four-year college students earn a degree. (Century Foundation)

The numbers for May 22, 2013: Can I get a side of fries with my 3-D pizza?

1%

The proportion of its workforce business software company SAP wants autistic employees to make up by 2020. The company announced today that it will start actively recruiting autistic talent. (BBC)

420

What you might think of if you were to sink your teeth into pot bacon. A Seattle butcher is feeding marijuana to pigs in order to make the stuff. (KOMO News)

$125,000

The amount of research money NASA is putting towards the development of 3D printed foods for space. You can see an infographic of how 3D printed pizza might be made here.  (Washington Post)

55%

The percent of doctors and health care providers who are now using electronic medical records, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Starting in 2015, the federal government will start penalizing providers who have yet to switch to digital records as part of the Affordable Care Act. (Wall Street Journal)

$2 billion

The estimated cost of the Oklahoma tornado damage. (AP)

Meet Daniel Werfel, the new chief of the IRS

Daniel Werfel starts Wednesday as the new acting administrator of the Internal Revenue Service, succeeding Steven T. Miller, who resigned under pressure last week.
Posted In: IRS, Daniel Werfel

The numbers for May 21, 2013: One is the loneliest number

56,000 MPH

The speed at which NASA estimates a meteoriod hit the moon last Friday. Check out a video the big explosion which reportedly could be seen with the naked eye. (NASA)

1

The loneliest number. A mass transit company in Prague is trying to fix that and get more people out of cars and in to the metro. Ropid has announced a proposal to create train cars just for singles seeking a soul mate. (Reuters)

48 hours, 8 minutes, and 25 seconds

The new world record for riding a fairground or theme park attraction -- in this case, a Ferris wheel. (NBC News)

30%

The tarriff charged by the U.S. on Chinese solar panels. The U.S. and EU, who have been chafing at alleged illegal Chinese subsidies for solar panels, have decided to negotiate settlements with China to try to create regional markets for solar equipment.  (New York Times)

62

The score Comcast received as an ISP, out of 100. Bad news for ISPs: They're now rated worse than airlines in customer service. (BGR)

Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1 billion to get hip

Yahoo buys Tumblr in an effort to reach a younger audience.
Posted In: Yahoo, tumblr, Marissa Mayer

The numbers for May 20, 2013: From zero to $1.1 billion

$1.1 billion

The amount Yahoo will pay to purchase blog-site Tumblr. In case you wondering, Tumblr gets it's name from early short weblogs which were called "tumble logs." (Kottke.org)

72,000

The number of people who supposedly switched from Tumblr to Wordpress after word of Yahoo's acquisition leaked. (VentureBeat)

0

The number of points German band Cascada got from Eurovision pop song contest judges in 34 out of 39 countries. Some German commentators think it's retribution for their government pushing strict economic austerity around the euro-zone. (Politics.co.uk)

51

The percent of people who say they have or would commit "Netflix adultery" -- that is, watch episodes ahead of their partner that they promised to save to watch together. (New York)

1

How many tweets it will take to record a show from Brazil's largest satellite provider, Sky. (AdAge)

The numbers for May 8, 2013: That $5,000 mustache transplant

$9.7 billion:

The total profit reported by Toyota for its most recent fiscal year. This is in part the story of a weaker Japanese yen, which adds value to Toyota's overseas profits. (New York Times)

4:26:

The amount of time it will take you to watch Daniel Sierra's video based on oscillating sine waves that create sound. Sierra made the video for his Master's thesis project at New York's School of Visual Arts. (Gizmodo)

$5,000:

The typical cost of a mustache transplant in Turkey. The county is the hot place to have the procedure because surgeons have a wealth of experience. (The Wall Street Journal)

250,000

The number of low income people who won’t have healthcare in Missouri due to Medicaid extensions being shot down. (Politico)

$100:

The fee Frontier Airlines could charge you for a carry-on bag. Spirit Airlines has announced it will dump its toll free number. And across the Atlantic, European airliner Ryanair has experimented with its own cost-saving measures, charging passengers to use the bathroom in flight. They are creative, those airlines. (LA Times)

The numbers for May 7, 2013: I'd like to buy a vowel

$3,600

The amount lost on your pay check for every extra letter in your name, according to the career search website, TheLadders. It mined user data to show that the shorter your first name, the bigger your paycheck. Extra letters come at a cost of a cool $3,600, the website says. Good for you, Ted, Jim and Bob. (TheLadders Blog)

300

The number of computers hacked by 18 middle school students at a school in Alaska who snagged administrators' log-ins and used it to mess with classmates. Talk about a recipe for detention. Here's hoping they grow up to use their hacking skills for good, not evil. (via BBC)

25

The number of years Fox's reality TV show "Cops" ran on prime-time television. After 900 episodes it has earned the crown as the longest-running show on prime-time television. The show moves to Spike TV this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

4

The number of singers celebrating the opening of their namesake museum in Stockholm, Sweden, this week. ABBA (Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog) has sold 400 million records in its musical tenure. The museum includes scale models of the band's kitchen and a little cottage where some of musical magic happened. (LA Times)

The numbers for May 3, 2013: Jobs numbers and $1 tacos

7.5%

The unemployment rate as of April 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy added 165,000 jobs last month, beating analyst expectations, and to its lowest since December 2008. The labor department also revised February and March to 332,000 and 138,000 jobs added, respectively. (Marketplace.org)

2

The number of operating systems being tested by Pentagon security experts for security vulnerabilities. After an evaluation, the Department of Defense approved two new OSs: Blackberry 10 and the Knox version of Android on many Samsung phones. (Yahoo News)

295,781

The number of Twitter followers (and counting) accumulated to date by "The Oracle from Omaha" since joining the social network. His first tweet, "Warren is in the House," came ahead of Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting this weekend. (@WarrenBuffett@WarrenBuffet)

4

The number of STD tests the new health-sharing app Qpid suggests you get ... and then share with the world! Maybe too social? (Qpid.me)

28%

The jump in suicide rates for middle-aged Americans this decade. (NYTimes)

$1

As if Doritos flavored taco shells aren't enough to entice you, Taco Bell says it is working on a new "low-end" menu. The new $1 menu will be tested in Sacramento and Kansas City. (BusinessInsider)

Emergencies? There's an app for that

A new market is emerging for apps that can connect people to emergency services and family members during a crisis.
Posted In: mobile, mobile apps, natural disasters, Hurricane Sandy

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