Forget those mean tweets, tech friends. Trump’s just here to help

shortlist http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec4cf332e34bd60cd1db011ccc024ddbd573a5c147e9acb9f4bbc2d5d292bd23e5b View this email in your browser Brought to you by http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec44465fec8c2e84275ce14a98f0ef75a4e177842ee3347880124ddc17b6edf468112360c80fd6f22cd USATODAY.com Industry leaders don’t pass up face-time with The Donald. After a year of tweet-bashing the likes of Apple and Amazon, disparaging their off-shoring of jobs, stances on encryption and tax contributions, Donald Trump invited tech industry leaders to a powwow in NYC. About a dozen tech A-listers — Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk among them —  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec4466b47d6bd267fd8edc765ae4dec96d711e06ac6ffd8cacc701201d2a4f836112183b123ed40c23f sat down Wednesday with the president-elect  to discuss jobs, immigration policy, free trade, cybersecurity and taxes. (Yes, Ivanka and her bros are there. Obviously.) One area where Trump and tech agree: revising the tax code. Trump says he plans to slash the corporate tax rate to 15% from 35%, which could prompt tech giants to repatriate money kept overseas. “This is truly an amazing group of people," Trump said. “I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well." Notably absent, however, was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who invented what possibly is Trump’s favorite app. The economy is looking up — and so are interest rates  The Federal Reserve  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec47ac59b1292aabfb978d1b0bdfe602395ebfdd22327151b7c45f7f608661f7ef26428cfd4a0950f58 raised a key interest rate  Wednesday for the first time in 2016 and signaled that more hikes are likely for 2017 (depending largely on Trump’s fiscal policy). Whether the quarter-percentage-point hike is an early Christmas present or a lump a coal in your stocking  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec42a79922b0557e3834b0654f6a20a9122deb6f087af9f2902a7040d3256eba9cd895cdf1d36cbecba depends on your point of view . The good news: The Fed raised the rate for only second time since 2006 because it believes the economy and the labor market are improving. And the hike will likely lead to slight increases in earnings from your savings account and CDs. The bad news: You’ll see increases in the interest rates on auto loans, credit cards and home equity lines of credit rates. And further hikes in 2017 could spell higher mortgage payments. Amazon’s first drone delivery was 13 minutes of awesome When Amazon said it would use drones for delivery, no one was really sure what to make of it. But   when testing started last week, the first delivery sounded pretty sweet (or maybe, salty?). A British man who lives near Cambridge in the United Kingdom ordered a bag of popcorn and a Fire TV from Amazon. Thirteen minutes later,  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec41d9aceb5919b6958504b9119218aa233f85c0239a53bbb111ea116225dd7bdafe5cb72ee42ea74a1 an Amazon drone delivered the package  to his house. The test of Prime Air, Amazon’s would-be service to deliver packages up to 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less, took place on Dec. 7, the company said. It plans to bring drone delivery to rural customers first, then to suburbs and later to cities and towns. So why all the U.K. love? Amazon’s been working with regulators to test the service, and Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority approved it. Amazon wants to bring drone delivery to the U.S., too, and secured FAA approval to do drone-testing here. Donald Trump picks Rick Perry to head the department he forgot existed Maybe we forgot that Rick Perry, who President-elect Donald Trump  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec43d5cf120cff3d335cbd1708520397b64d51780ddeb47f54e9d759fc293cab8568e8b8b94f3ead1bb nominated  for Energy secretary Wednesday, ran for president in 2016 and in 2012. But the former Texas governor did forget the  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec4ecdc5370190e82063d763ad13f003889e65d8522a55314aedd9421660a7d0da8 Energy Department  during a 2011 Republican presidential debate. He totally blanked on the agency — which he said he wanted to abolish, followed by saying his famous “oops." Trump and Perry strongly criticized each other during the 2016 GOP primary campaign. Even so, energy industry organizations welcomed the nomination. Perry has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing for approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec4f510480f23487f9c755a53577e9d7cab5cb274fa00739aff8bfe126e0019da7842db9b07da7bbe23 Here’s everyone Trump has picked for his Cabinet so far . http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec496d3812f46fc6f2a4efba3a98e58ad95b6ab517be6fa8d5378115f84ec6461351ed992c3d40ca6ce What Alan Thicke’s sons had to say about the loss of one of America’s favorite TV dads Alan Thicke died Tuesday after a heart attack. He was 69. Thicke was a TV dad to so many through his role as Dr. Jason Seaver, and his death hit close to home for friends, colleagues and fans of the “Growing Pains" star. TV son Kirk Cameron said on  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec4baf206edb559a06bdcc0472e879230f36df98fc31f65ef77b99baf6d0971d5fb Instagram : “Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him." But the most heartfelt tributes came from his real sons. Robin Thicke, the singer, wrote on  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec496dff059b8874f6e0335697d062740ab98afe750d707784e329cf81a7aa0241e850880192c41c380 Instagram : “He was the best man I ever knew." His statement echoed that of his half-brother, Carter, who said he’d lost his “best friend" and “idol." Here are  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec42fbdfef7ccd7b5df227a48ceb7a948906546663c960f4ba36676e464ef7faf5f054d7c424ee8abd1 five surprising things  you might not have known about Dr. Seaver. Want the Short List delivered straight to your inbox?  http://click.e.usatoday.com/?qs=12b0ee2d09cd9ec49cf970ce14a5c51b67d311c062e163874e716763743e5a44f1a2a1b00a40acec Sign up ! 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