Post-election, politicians begin taking sides

Automakers make new ally; Army uses webcasts, Facebook tries new ads; and more

President-Elect Barack Obama is using this transitional time to promote the Democrats plan to help the struggling auto industry. At a meeting yesterday with President Bush, Obama requested emergency aid for Detroit automakers and a broader economic stimulus package.

Automakers are hoping for new federal help for their struggling sector on top of the $25 billion loan that Congress sent along in September to help in part with the development of more fuel-efficient models, which companies have been marketing heavily.

Meanwhile, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still in the spotlight, telling Fox News that she hopes God will help lead her to the White House in 2012.

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The US Army is using webcasts in its recruiting efforts, allowing current soldiers to talk to recruits.

Facebook is introducing new "engagement ads" that combine social networking and marketing.

The NFL Players Association was ordered by a federal jury to pay $28.1 million to retired players for not properly marketing the former players' images.

Citigroup is increasing outreach to homeowners who are not currently behind on the mortgages, as part of an overall plan to help borrowers remain in their homes.

Apple's iPhone passed Motorola's RAZR as the most popular consumer cell phone last quarter, after only 3 months on the market.

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