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The numbers for October 9, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:47

The same hackers who stole contact information from 83 million JPMorgan Chase account holders last month also targeted a dozen more financial institutions. The Obama administration has been getting briefings on the breach since this summer, the New York Times reported, and national security officials and banks have been conferring over several IP addresses attributed to the attackers.

ETrade, Fidelity, ADP, Bank of the West, HSBC, Citigroup and Regions Financial are some of the institutions targeted by the addresses. The government is reportedly troubled by the lack of an apparent motivation for the hacks.

As we look out for more breaches, here's what we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Thursday.

4206

The number of words in activist investor Carl Icahn's open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. In short: Icahn praises Cook and several new products but (still) believes the company is undervalued and wants it to buy back more stock. Apple stock should be trading at $203, Icahn wrote, double its current value. So far, the letter has helped: at about noon eastern time shares were up 1 percent.

$16,353

The average pay gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic employees in the high-tech sector, USA Today reported. Similarly, blacks and Asians in the industry earn $3,656 and $8,146 less than whites, respectively. 

1 million

How many signatures Greenpeace nabbed in a petition for Lego to end its long-standing promotional agreement with oil company Royal Dutch Shell. Lego bowed to pressure from Greenpeace — which also made a viral video showing a cute Lego arctic community ravaged by oil — and agreed not to renew the partnership, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Yemen suicide bombings kill dozens

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:39
At least 67 people have been killed in two suicide bomb attacks on a protest in Yemen's capital Sanaa and on an army checkpoint in the country's east.

VIDEO: Australian woman emerges from bush

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:15
A missing Australian woman has survived 17 days lost in the northern Queensland bush, local reports say. Here's a quick look at the story.

Vigil held after US Ebola death

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:48
A prayer vigil has been held for the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US who died on Wednesday.

Turkey action in Syria 'unrealistic'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:05
Expectations that Turkey will lead a ground operation against Islamic State in Syria on its own are "not realistic", its foreign minister says.

VIDEO: Can this suit stop Ebola spreading?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 05:55
Danny Savage goes to a supplies distribution centre in Hull to find out exactly how robust protective suits are in the fight against Ebola.

VIDEO: Horse walks into police headquarters

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 04:58
Staff at Cheshire Constabulary's "mane" headquarters received a surprise four-legged visitor, leaving front desk staff with a mare on their hands.

School inspections more frequent

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-09 04:45
Schools in England will face more regular, light-touch inspections, but unannounced inspections will not become standard, says Ofsted.

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