In year-end sales figures released today, US automakers post gains (first since the recession) as Toyota lags and Ford moves to second place behind GM. Lexus held off Mercedes-Benz and BMW to hang onto the top US luxury auto brand.
Apple‘s iPad is being embraced by the educational market for in-school use.
BitTorrent has more users than Netflix and Hulu combined.
BMW‘s electric hybrid sets $200K price point.
Consumer Reports sees packaging shrinking on US grocers’ shelves.
GE unloads $6B worth of debt.[more]
Glee star Lea Michele campaigns for PETA.
Justin Bieber‘s February cover of Vanity Fair hits the web.
Liberty Media sold a 25% stake in Starz to the Weinstein Company, putting Harvey and Max Weinstein in business with former HBO head Chris Albrecht.
P&G sells Zest soap business.
Qualcomm nears $3.5B deal for Atheros, which would put it in the tablet business.
Rock & Republic brand sold to apparel giant VF.
Sony‘s rumored PlayStation Phone stirs interest ahead of CES.
Starwood‘s W brand leads luxury hotel openings in 2011, with London, Paris, Marrakech and Taipei on tap.