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a.MKE THE List: President Obama to Visit Milwaukee & Verizon Teams Up with Redbox: Today’s Top Stories

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VA new study shows that the “app economy” has created almost 500,000 jobs since 2007. According to an analysis by TechNet, the demand for applications including everything ranging from games to physics, has created 466,000 jobs in the U.S. A little over 300,000 of those jobs were at companies making the apps and another 150,000 at local merchants. The “app economy” was driven in part by Apple products, social networking sites like Facebook and other platforms designed for app technology.

A week from today President Obama is planning on visiting Milwaukee. This will be his first appearance in Wisconsin in 13 months. The last time Obama came was in January of 2011 when he spoke in Manitowoc after the State of the Union Address.

Milwaukee’s Plan Commission recently opposed a $35 million development that would bring 275 apartments to the Riverwest Neighborhood. A warehouse on 634 East Keefe Avenue currently occupies the site. The apartments would primarily market students at UW-Milwaukee. Supporters of the proposal say the apartments would create property tax revenue, construction jobs and help improve Riverwest, but concerns were raised about the traffic, parking options and noise generated by the apartments. The recommendation now goes to the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.

Verizon is teaming up with Redbox for a DVD and steaming service that will compete with rival Netflix. Rexbox has over 35,000 kiosks at convenience and grocery stores nationwide, and Verizon has more than 100 million wireless customers and 9 million subscribers. The Verizon partnership is expected to change the fact that Redbox doesn’t offer a streaming service nor control the digital rights to its movies. Subscription services are expected to be priced at nearly half of what Netflix charges, and will be introduced in the second half of 2012.

Democratic Candidate Kathleen Falk officially launched her governor campaign for the possible recall election against Governor Walker. The former Dane County Exec says, “people all across Wisconsin are hungry for a change in leadership because Gov. Walker’s divisive agenda has failed Wisconsin.” Falk met supporters in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau earlier this week, and today she’s hosting events in Eau Claire and LaCrosse.

An estimated 111.3 million people watched the Super Bowl on Sunday making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history. According to the Nielsen Company, last year’s Superbowl had about 111 million even, which got topped by Superbowl 46. Milwaukee’s rating for the game night ranked 10th among 56-metered markets. Boston was the number one market tuned in and Indianapolis was number two.