Marketplace for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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The Postal Service plans to stop delivering regular mail on Saturday. Mathematician Curtis Cooper talks about his discovery of the longest prime number. Thousands of people who had their homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy four months ago are still living in hotel rooms, rentals or crashing with friends and family. A new startup aims to help those without bank accounts or credit cards pay for stuff online. As Hasbro gets rid of the iron token in its Monopoly game, we look at the innovations behind the iron’s real-world demise. And In the latest installment of Freakonomics Radio, Kai Ryssdal recalls some memories in a conversation with Stephen Dubner -- only to find out how deceiving our minds often are.

100 days later, many Sandy victims lack homes

Many New York and New Jersey residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy face hurdles in returning to their homes of finding housing close by.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

The postman will only ring five times a week

The U.S. Postal Service plans to drop Saturday deliveries, except for packages. But don’t expect the 237-year-old service to disappear.
Posted In: U.S. Postal Service, post office

Largest prime number: Still just a slice of pi

A discovery of a lifetime (at least for the math geeks among us): the largest prime number in the world.
Posted In: numbers, math

Monopoly retires iconic iron piece

One reason the board game piece may have been canned is new products like wrinkle-free fabrics have made ironing a thing of the past. Once a staple in every home, many people no longer even own an iron.
Posted In: iron, Monopoly, wrinkles

Interior nominee Sally Jewell looks to strike a balance

Interior nominee Sally Jewell would weigh resource extraction and conservation on public lands.
Posted In: Secretary of the Interior, conservation

AEG looks to take on Ticketmaster

The entertainment conglomerate wants to collect its own ticketing fees.
Posted In: ticketmaster, tickets, concerts

Sure, I remember that

It is startlingly easy to create false memories, especially in politics.
Posted In: memory

Turning cash into online payments for the unbanked

PayNearMe is one of many companies finding opportunity in services for millions of people who don't have bank accounts.
Posted In: unbanked, underbanked, digital divide

Name Timothy Geithner's book

News came today that former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to write a book. Twitter took the opportunity to think of titles.
Posted In: Timothy Geithner

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Be Easy
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
1517
The Whitest Boy Alive
Sleeping Ute
Grizzly Bear
Second Chance (Album Version)
Peter Bjorn And John