Welcome to CapBiz A.M., your morning primer on business news with a focus on Washington.

Making moves: Tammy Darvish was for years the face of her father’s eponymous auto company Darcars, until she left earlier this month following a family squabble and a lawsuit against her father. Darvish will now become an executive at one of the Washington region’s largest financial institutions. (CAPBIZ)

Start your engines: Dozens of the world’s largest automakers are in town this week for the Washington Auto Show, offering a glance at the latest in automotive technologies — from hydrogen-powered vehicles to smartwatch-enabled ignitions — as well as those coming down the pipeline, such as self-driving cars. (CAPBIZ)

Boost: The start-ups housed at District-based 1776 are poised to get a lift from the same political strategists and data mavens who, among other work, helped a president secure reelection. (CAPBIZ)

In the money: Buoyed by increased demand for auto loans and credit cards, profit at Capital One Financial rose 17 percent in the last quarter of 2014. (CAPBIZ)

New approach: The U.S. Navy and Marines have found a new way of saving energy — changing how people think. (WP)

Sinking: Mortgage rates continued their New Year swoon, and global markets are the reason why. (WP)

Drastic measures: The European Central Bank announced it will begin buying government bonds with newly printed euros in its latest bid to reverse the continent’s long, slow slide into economic stagnation. (WP)

Going the distance: Uber released a massive study of its internal data Thursday that found its drivers make more money than traditional taxi drivers. But the study failed to account for one crucial thing: the cost of operating a car. (WP)

Secret sauce: McDonald’s french fries, according to McDonald’s, don’t have 17 ingredients, as some have suggested. They have 19. And yes, potato is one of them. (WP)

Grant:  The Catholic University of America’s School of Business and Economics received a $3 million grant to advance the study and practice of principled entrepreneurship. The grant will help fund the future of the business program and the hiring of four long-term scholars. (WBJ)

On Wall Street

Stocks closed with a big gain after Europe’s central bank offered an aggressive plan to revive that region’s weak economy. (Get the latest updates here)

What’s on tap today

NVTC’s panel discussion on Using Information and Technology to Make a Difference in the Public and Private Sector (7:30 a.m.)

Existing home sales (10 a.m.)

Help: Five hobbies that make people better at their jobs (FC)

Follow: 1776

Extra: Is Facebook killing the fake-news industry? (WP)

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