America has near record 5.6 million job openings  

CNN Money By : Patrick Gillespie

There were 5.6 million job openings in December, just shy of the all-time record of about 5.7 million set in July, according to Labor Department data published Tuesday.

Good news: American companies are hiring, despite all the concern surrounding the U.S. economy.- Referenced Article


Daimler recalls 840,000 cars with Takata airbags  

CNN Money By : Ivana Kottasova and Chris Liakos

The recall affects about 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and around 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States, the German automaker said Wednesday. It is the latest is a series of recalls prompted by concerns about Takata airbags. - Referenced Article


Peyton Manning gets in some final plugs for his biggest sponsors  

NESN By : Pat Bradley

So this was weird. If Super Bowl 50 was indeed Peyton Manning’s last game, he was sure to get in some final plugs for several of his biggest sponsors. Manning was seen before the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory... - Referenced Article


Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons.

Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones. - 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


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


Whole Foods to pay $500,000 for overcharging NYC customers  

Washington Post By : Justin Wm. Moyer

It was the story that, over the summer, ushered in a season of discontent with the grocery store chain nicknamed by its critics “Whole Paycheck”: the accusation that Whole Foods had overcharged some New York customers for, among other items, produce and pre-packaged fresh products. Apologizing — and blaming its employees — Whole Foods quickly retreated. - Referenced Article


Will Google pass Apple as most valuable company?  

CNN Money By : Paul R. La Monica

It wasn't that long ago that many investors assumed Apple (AAPL, Tech30) would get there first. At its peak price earlier this year, Apple had a market value of nearly $775 billion.

Alphabet, which I'm now going to refer to as Google (GOOGL, Tech30) for the rest of this story, was worth $366 billion at the time. - Referenced Article


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