Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 6.8.2015

Apple's WWDC begins; Women's World Cup kicks off; US officials push back against G7 reports.

1. Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is set to begin on Monday. Observers expect the company to make it easier for developers to create apps for Apple Watch and boost its music-streaming options. Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to Mashable about diversity in Silicon Valley, saying he looks at young consumers as "the future generations of the company."


2. US media companies such as 21st Century Fox and DirecTV had business relationships with the sports marketing firms at the center of the FIFA corruption scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal. A FIFA official said over the weekend that the group could strip Russia and Qatar of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if it finds they were improperly awarded. Meanwhile, the Women’s World Cup kicked off on Sunday; the US team takes on Australia on Monday from Winnipeg, Canada, as it tries to win its first title in 16 years.


3. The G7 is taking place in Germany, bringing together a handful of the world’s most powerful leaders. Ukraine, ISIS, and Iran are among the topics on the menu, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel urging counterparts to take a strong stance on climate change. US officials are pushing back on what they call erroneous reports that President Barack Obama said a strong dollar is a bad thing.

4. Deutsche Bank said on Sunday that both of its co-CEOs, Anshu Jain and Jurgen Fitschen, will resign. Shares of the bank were up 7% early Monday on the news.

5. The small army of Republican presidential candidates descended on Iowa this weekend for a barbecue- and motorcycle-themed event organized by freshman Senator Joni Ernst. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, himself at home on a Harley, was considered a standout.

6. Spike TV said it will cut a joke Clint Eastwood made about Caitlyn Jenner when it airs the Guys’ Choice Awards on June 18. The actor and director has largely stayed out of the spotlight since talking to an empty chair on stage during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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