Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.10.2015

Gigaom shuttered; Reaction to Apple Watch showcase event; Clinton could respond to email story this week.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

1. Ahead-of-its-time technology blog Gigaom has abruptly shut down. The outlet said in a post Monday night that it was unable to pay its creditors. Founder Om Malik said: "Business, much like life, is not a movie and not everyone gets to have a storybook ending."


2. Hillary Clinton will address revelations that she used a personal email address to conduct business while serving as secretary of state in a press conference in New York this week, according to Politico. Conversation about the former first lady on Facebook has turned decidedly negative since the story broke. Update: Clinton will hold a press conference on Tuesday after speaking at the United Nations, according to media reports.


3. A gift from the future or just another overpriced wearable? Here’s a roundup of reaction to Apple’s latest event showcasing the Apple Watch.
The Independent: It’s the future.
Mashable: Not buying it.
The New York Times: Device’s success depends on the apps.
Business Insider: But who will buy it?
Re/code: 10 things that didn’t happen at the Apple event.

4. The University of Oklahoma has lost a prized football recruit in the aftermath of a video surfacing showing members of a fraternity in the middle of a racist chant. The school’s president cut ties with the fraternity chapter on Monday and is exploring whether he can suspend the students involved.


5. Wikipedia’s parent organization is suing the NSA and the Justice Department, saying mass-surveillance programs violate its First and Fourth Amendment rights, the latter of which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. The Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director said the NSA is "straining the backbone of democracy."

6. Justin Laxton, a former employee of Madison, Wisconsin-based lobbying and PR firm Klaetsch Public Affairs Strategies, pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing more than $70,000 from the agency over a period of two years. The thefts reportedly occurred between July 2012 and March 2014. 

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