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15 Jul 2010 11:10


Biz: Foreclosure filing numbers a major fail, but have a silver lining

  • 1.28% of homes were subject to foreclosure findings in the first half of 2010
  • 8% increase in foreclosure filings in the first half of 2010 from a year ago
  • 5% decrease in foreclosure filings from the last half of 2009 source

01 Jul 2010 11:18


Politics: Daily Kos’ pollster was making stuff up? We’re not making this up.

  • And now the liberal-leaning site is suing Research 2000. Fans of seeing those on the far left fall on their faces, this is your lawsuit. Daily Kos’ polling company, Research 2000, reportedly made up a number of widely-reported surveys which it did for Kos. Worse, they would not give Kos the raw data for these surveys (which they paid over $100,000 for), further raising suspicions. You know, we’ve been critical of right-leaning pollsters Rasmussen in the past, but we’re pretty sure they’ve done nothing like this (and that their data is actually sound). source

29 Jun 2010 11:33


Biz: Let’s introduce you guys to a misleading housing number

  • 3.8% increase in home prices year-over-year in April source
  • » Why it’s misleading: Basically, this number is up 3.8 percent from one of the lowest levels on record. It’s still 30 percent off its peak level. Also, we have to imagine the May numbers will suck even worse, what with that 33 percent drop in new home sales and all.

28 Jun 2010 09:17


Tech: iPhone sales figures: Apple’s got it, so they’re gonna flaunt it

  • 1.7 million phones sold in just three days – that’s hot source

07 Jun 2010 21:36


Tech: Some quick numbers on the new Apple iPhone 4

  • 78 micrometers – the width of a
    pixel on the new iPhone
  • 326 number of pixels per inch – easily double the last model of the iPhone
  • 9.3mm the width of the new iPhone – about a third of an inch for us Yankees
  • 720p the quality of film the device can shoot, great for YouTube source

13 May 2010 22:02


U.S.: Should we trust the numbers we’ve been hearing from the oil spill?

  • The government has a responsibility to get good numbers. If it’s beyond their technical capability, the whole world is ready to help them.
  • Florida State University oceanographer Ian R. MacDonald • Regarding the numbers the government has been using to explain the growth of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. MacDonald and others claim that the spill has spewed forth far more than 5,000 barrels a day (still very high), and suggest that the method that they used to measure the spill was not designed for spills the size of the uncontrollably-spewing Gulf spill. For its part, oil company BP suggested that the leak could spew as much as 60,000 barrels a day – in other words, an Exxon Valdez worth of oil every four days. Scared yet? source

07 May 2010 10:49


U.S.: How much oil is currently leaking in the Gulf of Mexico, anyway?

  • use this really cool embed to find out all you need to know about the oil leak, just add numbers source

23 Apr 2010 13:25


23 Apr 2010 13:16


Tech: Blippy’s got some oversharing problems on its hands

  • yesterday The New York Times publishes an article on Blippy in regards to the privacy concerns it raises – it shares once-confidential info on your purchases with your friends.
  • today A VentureBeat reporter found the reason this might be an awful idea. They found a Google search that exposes users’ credit card numbers. (!) Oh boy. source

15 Apr 2010 10:04


Tech: Twitter finally gives us some concrete numbers about its growth

  • 604,455 accounts per Twitter employee
  • 105M number of users on Twitter; 300,000 get added daily
  • 50M number of tweets
    that get sent out
    every single day
  • 75% of all tweet traffic comes from third-party applications source