Birth of a Nation Plays Big Race Card  

popZette By : Vinnie Penn

“I’m swinging a hammer. I wanna break everything. Subvert, subvert, subvert.” So proclaimed Nate Parker, whose film, “The Birth of a Nation,” won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival.

You’d think he’d prefer to be swinging a bottle of champagne. - Referenced Article


Alphabet Grows Briskly to Close In on Apple  

NY Times By : CONOR DOUGHERTY

Wall Street got its first glimpse of the financial details of a new conglomerate called Alphabet on Monday. Investors liked what they saw so much that the outfit formerly known as Google is poised to become the world’s most valuable company.

Despite spending $3.6 billion a year on projects like self-driving cars that don’t make much money... - Referenced Article


Iran sanctions lifted: Brace for oil shakeup  

CNN Money By : Ivana Kottasova

U.S. and European Union sanctions on Tehran were finally lifted on Saturday, restoring Iran's access to world's markets.

Iran has been gearing up for this moment for months and could soon return to the top ranks of global oil producers. Crude prices have been tanking for months, dropping to below $30 a barrel. - Referenced Article


Browns hire Hue Jackson  

The Sacramento Bee By : MATT BARROWS

The Cleveland Browns hired Hue Jackson on Wednesday to be their coach, removing one of the 49ers’ top candidates from their list and creating a potential landing spot for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers and Browns interviewed Jackson, formerly the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator, on Sunday. Cleveland followed up with another session Tuesday. - Referenced Article


Dolphins agree to deal with Adam Gase as new head coach  

USA Today By : Tom Pelissero

The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article


Ford saw a 8.4% increase in U.S. auto sales in December 2015  

Seeking Alpha By : Brent A. Miller

Ford announced December 2015 U.S. vehicle sales of 239K, up 8.4% from the same month in 2014, and capping its 2015 total at 2.6 million vehicles, up 5% from 2014.

While this increase came in slightly below expectations from analysts, who were expecting an increase of 10% to 11%, I believe it caps off an impressive 2015... - Referenced Article


Toyota Hires Artificial Intelligence Gurus For Self-Driving Cars  

Fortune By : Jonathan Vanian

Toyota is following up on its billion-dollar plan to develop artificial intelligence technology that underpins self-driving cars.

The Japanese automobile maker said on Tuesday during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it’s hired a squad of AI and robotics experts that will help the company build self-driving cars that can safely maneuver through roads without causing wrecks. - Referenced Article


Tennis: Serena Williams withdraws at Perth, injury toll grows  

The Salt Lake Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.

Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article


Can The #Browns Get A 2nd Round Pick For Manziel  

Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer

There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.

The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article


Darrelle Revis struggles covering Sammy Watkins in Jets Week 17 loss to Bills  

Daily News By : SETH WALDER

Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.

The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article


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