Seven things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 12.3.2014

Another sexual-assault accusation against Bill Cosby; Sony responds to cyberattack; Cyber Monday sales up big; North Korea launches...a tourism website?

1. A southern California woman is suing Bill Cosby, accusing him of sexually assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old. The lawsuit is the latest in a line of sexual impropriety and rape allegations against the comedy legend.

2. Sony Pictures Entertainment executives have emailed employees across the company about the massive cyberattack that led to the loss of important corporate information and staffer data and may have been the cause of the leak of five films. The company was struggling to get some critical systems back up and running on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

3. Rolling Stone’s reporting on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia is under fire after the editor who wrote the article did not contact the men accused of sexual assault for comment.


4. Japanese airbag-maker Takata has ignored a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deadline to issue a nationwide recall. Its executives and automobile regulators are set to appear in front of Congress on Wednesday.

5. A former employee of real-estate website Zillow has filed suit against the company, saying she suffered on-the-job "sexual torture" in terms of harassment and that it has a "pervasive culture of degrading women." Zillow says it quickly took action against the claims.


6. Cyber Monday sales were up 17% percent this year, compared with 2013, to more than $2 billion, according to data from comScore. The numbers mean shoppers could be waiting until the Monday after Thanksgiving to cash in on deals, with Black Friday sales down 11% this year.

7. Here’s how not to set up a tourism website, courtesy of North Korea. What makes the portal even more curious is that a ban on foreigners entering the country is in place due to Ebola fears.

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