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1. Yahoo's ghost will be called "Altaba"

Yahoo is already preparing for its next life as a holding company. Altaba is a combination of "alternative" and "Alibaba," the Chinese e-commerce company in which Yahoo has a 15% stake.

Why it matters: Yahoo was once an iconic Silicon Valley internet giant. Now it's little more than a funny name and a pile of stock in two Asian companies.

What's next: The Verizon sale still isn't a done deal. Yahoo recently admitted to two massive security breaches, and Verizon is already rumored to be asking for a discount. CEO Marissa Mayer will step down from the board once the sale is final.

2. Snapchat plants a flag in the U.K.

The messaging app's parent company has picked its London office as its international headquarters, an interesting move as the country is in the process of leaving the European Union. Snap Inc. says it picked London because of its strong advertising and media industry, according to Reuters.

Roughly one-third of Snapchat's 150 million daily active users are in Europe, and 10 million are in the U.K.

What's next: Snapchat's IPO is hotly anticipated by investors. It will be the first of a new generation of internet companies, and the first from a social media company since Twitter, whose future as a public company is now looking uncertain.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.