Features by Liyna Anwar

The incredible business card of Chen Guangbiao

And we mean incredible in the most literal way.
Posted In: business card, resume, credentials, much wow

Fed tapering: Bernanke okays plan to trim bond-buying

The long awaited move has come. The Fed says its going to cut its monthly asset purchases by $10 billion.
Posted In: Fed, QE, taper, bond-buying

The numbers for Friday, November 8, 2013: Fork it over, Twitter


The amount of money Twitter owes our very own Kai Ryssdal. That's according to a fun interactive Time magazine created which calculates a monetary figure by factoring in the number of followers someone has, how many times a day that person tweets, and compounds it by some corporate valuation numbers Twitter put in its IPO prospectus. Kai could buy a lot of red pantswith that. (TIME)


The amount of years satirical newspaper The Onion has been in print. But that's soon coming to an end -- the December 12th issue will be the Onion's last issue in print. But don't fret. The paper will still be available online. (AdAge)

Hedge fund founder calls insider trading rules "vague"

The documentary series Frontline uncovered video related to Steven A. Cohen and SAC Capital's fine of $1.2 billion.
Posted In: insider trading, Steven Cohen, sac capital, whiteboard

The numbers for Thursday, November 7, 2013: Twitter = coal canary?


Nope, we're not talking about Twitter's share price debut on the NYSE. That number was Boston Market's share price back in 1993 when the chicken restaurant chain went public. Just like Twitter, which is currently seeing its share price leap more than 80 percent above its offering price, Boston Market's stock price soared to an almost-unheard-of 140 percent by the day's end (!), closing at $48.50. So who's the big bird now? (Yahoo! Finance)

25 million

While we're on the subject of birds, Thanksgiving is 21 days away (countdowns start early in our office) and if you're planning on flying, that's the number of people that will be traveling by air between November 22 and December 3 -- about 1.5 percent more than a year ago. So, happy travels! (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

The numbers for Friday, October 4: Breaking down the numbers of Breaking Bad


The number of Twitter users who were tweeting about Breaking Bad during Sunday's finale. Also the number of tears my colleague shed after realizing the show was over. (Silicon Tally)


The number of jobs that were added to the workforce last month, according to most economic forecasters. Because of the government shutdown, labor statisticians who normally put the monthly jobs report together were forced out of work, so our best bet this time around is a prediction. (Marketplace)


The number of NASA interns who lost their dorm housing because of the federal shutdown. Since NASA's housing for interns is government owned and operated, staff was no longer on duty and the facility had to close its doors to all residents. That's some serious hazing. (Marketplace)

The numbers for Thursday, October 3: The drop


The number of planned job cuts announced by American companies last month, according to a new report. That's a 20 percent drop from the previous month. (Challenger, Gray and Christmas)


The approximate number of cars that catch on fire each year. Shares of Tesla, the electric car company, fell by more than six percent yesterday, after a Tesla Model S caught fire in Washington, and a video of thatwent viral. (Marketplace)

The numbers for Wednesday, October 2, 2013: We've reached our limit

$16.7 trillion

The amount our national debt ceiling limit is currently set at. That’s how much money the U.S. Treasury Department can legally borrow to pay its bills. Congress has until October 17 to increase it or risk a potential economic disaster. But who does the U.S. actually owe the $16.7 trillion to? So yeah, don't forget to worry about the debt ceiling while you're worrying about the government shutdown. (Marketplace)


The number of top investors at Microsoft who now want to see chairman and founder Bill Gates to step down, according to a new report. The investors argue that Gates' iconic presence on the board of directors would deter a more risk-taking person from stepping in as CEO Steve Ballmer's successor, once he retires within the year. (Reuters)

The numbers for Monday, September 30: Rebuilding Iraq


The approximate amount in marketing costs you'd have to fork over in marketing if you wanted to get your app listed as a top 10 app in any app store online. The mobile app market is incredibly competitive these days, so how do you stick out from the crowd? (Marketplace)

$60 billion

The amount U.S. taxpayers have spent rebuilding Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Today, the office that Congress set up to keep an eye on all that money is closing its doors for good. According to one government oversight expert, the office didn't do too bad -- he gives them an A-/B+ -- in part because the team's investigations helped recover $2 billion in direct savings or in court ordered recoveries. (Marketplace)


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