What’s next for Pfizer, AstraZeneca?
Pfizer walked away from the table on Monday after AstraZeneca spurned numerous acquisition offers in recent weeks. Yet the $100-billion-plus deal may not be dead. One analyst told Bloomberg yesterday that there is "quite a decent chance" the two pharma giants may come to an agreement later this year, noting, "there are likely shareholders on both sides that want this to happen." Comms played a significant role in the process, detailed here in an analysis by PRWeek UK.
Rap Genius cofounder out after annotating shooter’s manifesto
Mahbod Maghadam, a cofounder of lyric-explanation website Rap Genius, left the company on Monday after posting offensive annotations about the more-than-140-page manifesto of Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in Southern California on Friday night. Rodger went on a stabbing and shooting spree near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara before taking his own life. He left behind a lengthy manifesto expressing his dating frustrations, among other issues.
White House mistakenly outs CIA leader in Afghanistan
The White House accidentally listed the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan as one of the US officials who met with President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to the country on Saturday. While pool reporters are often given information about which officials briefed or met with the president on official visits, intelligence officials are usually not listed. Media outlets generally withheld the official’s name while reporting on the visit.
Brazilian locals fed up with World Cup before it starts
Residents of Brazil are exasperated with the slow rate of construction on projects such as mass-transit lines and the lack of basic social services in the weeks before the World Cup begins, according to a report by USA Today. It cited a poll showing that a majority of Brazilians believe the tournament will do more harm than good for the country.