By The Numbers

Breaking YouTube, ‘Gangnam Style’

Tony Wagner Dec 3, 2014
27 percent

That’s the percentage of music industry revenue brought in during the first half of the year by streaming music. It’s become significant enough that on Thursday, the Billboard 200 will start accounting for streaming data in its calculation of top-selling albums.

3,803

The number of Sony Pictures employees whose names, birthdays and Social Security numbers were revealed in the recent hack at Sony Pictures. Payroll, layoffs and other sensitive information were dumped online, Fusion reported, most of it in simple, unencrypted spreadsheets. The documents show an apparent pay gap; Columbia Pictures’ male co-president is slated to earn 1.5 times more than his female counterpart. 

$15,000 to $100,000

That’s the range of bonuses being given out by a top New York law firm, as reported by the New York Times. Some say the increase in bonuses signals the resurgence of corporate America as more money is spent on mergers and acquisitions.

November 25

The day two New York Times reporters covering unrest in Ferguson abruptly stopped tweeting. It was the same day conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson published their addresses on his website, Bloomberg reported. The move was in retaliation for a Times story that mentioned the general location of Officer Darren Wilson’s home, which had been unoccupied for weeks. The ensuing harassment was predicated on the assumption that the paper had published Wilson’s actual address.

2.1 billion views

Entertainment sensation Psy has done the unthinkable: He broke YouTube. Well, sort of. The site announced that it never anticipated a single video receiving so many views and had to install an update that would properly display the necessary number of commas in such a gigantic number. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” currently has 2.1 billion views.

18 years

The lifespan of Microsoft clip art, the illustrations that jazzed up countless fliers, book reports and holiday cards during the ’90s and early 2000s. Microsoft finally killed them off this week in favor of Bing image search. The Verge has a look back at the best clip art from the art form’s heyday.

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