Shea Huffman is a graduate of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a fill-in web producer for Marketplace.
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The history of the marketing of Cinco de Mayo

The day commemorates an obscure battle between Mexico and France.
Posted In: Cinco de Mayo, marketing, beer
Board Of Governors Of Federal Reserve System

The shrinking board of Fed governors

The Fed will be operating with only three governors by the end of May. We explain.
Posted In: Fed, Fed governors

Donald Sterling donates a lot of Clippers tickets

The notoriously cheap owner of the Clippers is a big donor. Of Clippers tickets.
Posted In: philanthropy, NBA, Donald Sterling, Clippers

Sebelius resigns after Obamacare woes

The HHS secretary announced she will step down after presiding over the rocky rollout of the ACA.
Posted In: health care, Obamacare, Sebelius, ACA

Marketplace’s most viral stories: March 2014

Our most popular social stories from March 2014.

The Numbers for Friday, January 10: Bad news

70 million

The number of customers who had their personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, compromised by the data security breach at Target. The company announced that in addition to stealing credit and debit card information of millions of customers, the hackers took "names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses."   (Marketplace)

215,000

The number of customers Time Warner Cable lost in the company's previous quarter, meaning the company lost 825,000 cable customers for the year. There are also rumors that rival cable provider Charter is gearing up to make a $62 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable in the next few weeks. (Bloomberg)

300,000

The number of people around Charleston, W.V., who were warned not to use municipal water Friday morning after a chemical spill from a coal-processing plant tainted the water supply of the Elk RiverPresident Obama issued a federal disaster declaration. (LAT)

The Numbers for Thursday, January 9: Brains

 

$1 billion

The amount IBM has announced it will be investing in its artificial intelligence project, Watson. The supercomputer famously beat the top human competitors in Jeopardy three years ago, but since then has failed to generate much money for IBM. The company still thinks there is potential for Watson, however, and will be dedicating a new headquarters in Manhattan -- and eventually 2,000 employees -- to a new Watson division.  (Marketplace)

 

$50,000

The amount of Kickstarter funds raised overnight for Pocket Drones, a project by startup company AirDroids to sell small drone helicopters capable of folding to fit inside your backpack or cargo pants pocket. The original funding target was $30,000 for the project that launched at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The drones will cost $415 for a model without a controller and $455 for one with a controller. (TechCrunch)

 

 

The Numbers for Monday, January 6: Prepared to profit


$1,000

The price Bitcoin reached on Monday after online gamemaker Zynga announced it would test payment options for the digital currency. The price comes close to Bitcoin's $1,250 all-time high, which the currency quickly lost after an announcement last month that China would restrict exchanges of the currency with the Yuan. (LAT)

309

The number of patents relating to cannabis that Chinese firms have filed, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation. There are 606 such patents filed overall, meaning China is well positioned to benefit from the expanding decriminalization and legalization of the the drug around the world. (The Independent)

$80 million 

The cost of a new supersonic private aircraft manufactured by Spike Aerospace, which hopes to start selling the business planes in 2018. Other manufacturers, such as Bombardier, are also developing new aircraft aimed at the business elite who are finding the recession-era stigma against corporate jets to be disappearing. (Marketplace)

The Numbers for Friday, January 3: Hot food

 

54%

The precentage of consumers that say hot and spicy foods are appealing, according to a survey by food and beverage consulting firm Technomic. That's up from 48 percent in 2009, and reflects a growing trend of hot-and-spicy items on restaurant and fast-food menus, which see more selections of food with trendy desciptors like "chipotle" and "habanero." One ingredient with some of fastest growth in popularity is, of course, Marketplace's own favorite, Sriracha.  (Time)

0

The number of gentically-modified organisms (GMOs) that will be used in making Cheerios, according to an announcement by General Mills. The food company says it will use corn and sugar that have not been genetically modified to make the cereal in response to consumer demand for GMO-free products. Companies that use genetically-modified ingredients maintain they are safe, and the federal government hasn't put down any strict regulation of them, but GMOs remain a hot-topic issue for the food industry. (Marketplace)

The Numbers for Friday, December 27: Fly me away

 

10,000

The number of resumes Southwest Airlines recieved just two hours after it announced 750 new flight attendant positions last week, according to a company spokesman. The airline hadn't hired new flight attendants from outside the company since February 2011. (Marketplace)

$25.05

The price of airline tickets for roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February on the Delta Airlines website on Thursday due to a computer glitch. The tickets, for one of several flights that were incorrectly priced, normally cost over $400. The company says it will honor the cheaper tickets for those who bought them at that price, which sounds generous until you realize regulations require them to do so anyways. (NPR)

$1.4 billion

The amount that the parent company of airplane manufacturer Cessna is paying to acquire fellow aircraft company Beechcraft. Beechcraft is known for manufacturing light military jet planes and trainer aircraft. Both manufacturers are based in Wichita. (USA Today)

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