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Craigslist by the Numbers: 10 You Need to Know

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Craigslist started as a tech mailing list in 1995, which quickly morphed into a place where tech recruiters posted job listings. Christina Murphy was a frequent job poster/head hunter on Craigslist.

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Murphy teemed up with Nancy Melone, an Internet consultant, and together they roped Newmark into starting a nonprofit called List Foundation in 1998. In fact, Craiglist.org was originally available at ListFoundation.org.

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Melone had big plans, as the dot.com bubble bubbled and bubbled and bubbled. Newmark, on the other hand, who has never been interested in the trappings of capitalism, begged off, and the two split. If you logged into ListFoundation.org, you were suddenly now redirected to a for-profit called MetroVox.

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Ever hear of MetroVox? Didn't think so. They went the way of most dot.coms around 2001, and Craigslist? Well, the rest is just Listory isn't it.

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Craigslist is the 25th most popular Web site in the world, according to Alexa.com.

$10 Billion

the amount of revenue lost in newspaper classified ads over the last decade, due in part to Craigslist.

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the amount of employees at Craigslist (by comparison, Amazon, ranked 29 on Alexa, has more than 20,000 employees.

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the amount of e-mail messages Newmark received in 2008. He's an avid e-mail responder, and replies to many of those. For example, I've written him twice, and he's written me back both times.

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the difference between Newmark, who is 5'7" and Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, who is 6'7". Cool Buckmaster factoid: He was hired by Newmark after posting his resume on Craigslist in 1999.

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number of meetings at Craigslist each day. With no business development, no HR, and no sales, who needs meetings?

[Numbers inspired, in part, by a recent WIRED cover story on Craigslist.]

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Google Street View Now Lets You Explore the International Space Station

Google Street View covers some amazing locations (Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, and Stonehenge, to name a few), but it’s taken until now for the tool to venture into the final frontier. As TechCrunch reports, you can now use Street View to explore the inside of the International Space Station.

The scenes, photographed by astronauts living on the ISS, include all 15 modules of the massive satellite. Viewers will be treated to true 360-degree views of the rooms and equipment onboard. Through the windows, you can see Earth from an astronaut's perspective and a SpaceX Dragon craft delivering supplies to the crew.

Because the imagery was captured in zero gravity, it’s easy to lose sense of your bearings. Get a taste of what ISS residents experience on a daily basis here.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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New Gadget Claims to De-Itch Your Mosquito Bites
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Bite Helper

Summer can be an itchy time for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors. Mosquitos are everywhere, and some people are particularly susceptible to their bites and the itching that comes with them. A new product aims to stop the suffering. Bite Helper, reviewed by Mashable, is designed to stop your bites from itching.

Place the pen-like device over your swollen bite and it will begin to emit heat and vibrations designed to quell the itch. It’s meant to increase blood flow around the area to alleviate your pain, heating your skin up to 120°F for up to 45 seconds. It’s the size of a thin tube of sunscreen and is battery powered.

Most dermatologists advise applying cold to alleviate itching from insect bites, so the question is: Will heating up your skin really work? Bite Helper hasn’t been clinically tested, so it’s hard to say for certain how effective it would be. There has been some research to suggest that heat can help increase blood flow in general, but decrease histamine-induced blood flow in the skin (part of the body’s normal response to allergens) and reduce itching overall. In a German study of wasp, mosquito, and bee stings, concentrated heat led to a significant improvement in symptoms, though the researchers focused mostly on pain reduction rather than itching.

Bite Helper’s technique "seems like a legitimate claim" when it comes to localized itching, Tasuku Akiyama, who studies the mechanisms of itching at the University of Miami, tells Mental Floss. "The increase in the blood flow may increase the rate of elimination of itch mediator from the area." However, before that happens, the heat might also make the itch a little worse in the short-term, he cautions. This seems to be borne out by user experience: While Mashable's reviewer found that using the device didn’t hurt at all, his daughter found it too hot to bear for more than a few seconds.

If the device does in fact relieve itching, though, a few seconds of pain may be worth it.

Bite Helper is $25 on Amazon.

[h/t Mashable]

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