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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.

Penfolds becomes first Australian and wine brand to partner with AIDS campaigner (Product) RED.

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.

Tiger Woods brand gets a boost from the Masters, featured in next Woods-branded EA videogame.