Jan 15, 2018

Airbus may stop making the A380

The 100th Airbus A380, delivered to Emirates, on display at last year's Dubai Airshow. Photo: Marina Lystseva / TASS via Getty Images

Airbus announced today that it may soon stop producing its superjumbo A380 unless it can find a buyer to fulfill its minimum production numbers, per CNBC. Airbus sales head John Leahy pegged Emirates — the A380's main customer — as "the only one in the marketplace" who might purchase the minimum of six A380s each year.

Why it matters: Though Airbus also stated that it had beaten rival Boeing in 2017 sales, the A380 news indicates a looming market weakness for its flagship plane. Airlines have tended toward smaller, cheaper single-aisle planes in recent years, highlighted by Airbus' $49.5 billion order from the U.S. equity fund Indigo Partners last year.

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Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.

The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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