The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 8.19.2015

Subway cuts ties with Jared; Hackers release Ashley Madison user info; FDA approves female libido treatment; BuzzFeed's Japan move; Digital content use up dramatically; Clinton's contentious emailgate press conference.

1. Subway has fired Jared Fogle amid reports that he will plead guilty to child porn charges this week. The fast food chain suspended its relationship with the longtime spokesman last month after police raided his home.


2. Hackers posted the personal information of millions of Ashley Madison users to the dark web on Tuesday night, including names, street addresses, amounts paid, and email addresses, but not credit card numbers. Security experts said the data dump is real. Crisis comms pros said last month that the cheating website’s brand was tarnished beyond repair after hackers accessed its servers and threatened to release the data on them.

3. The FDA approved Addyi from Sprout Pharmaceuticals, a libido treatment for women, on Tuesday after a long lobbying campaign on behalf of the pill. The drug’s label will have a box warning users about blood pressure and fainting risks.

4. Will BuzzFeed succeed in Japan through its partnership with Yahoo? That depends in no small part on "how Japanese it can become," according to one PR executive. Japan is the 10th country to get its own BuzzFeed site.

5. The total amount of time American consumers are spending on digital media is up a huge 49% in the past two years, according to new research from comScore. That number is up 90% on smartphones during that time, as well as 64% on tablets.

6. Hillary Clinton held a contentious press conference on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas, largely dismissing her email controversy and stressing that she has turned over all relevant information to investigators. Asked if the personal server she used as secretary of state had been wiped clean, Clinton joked, "Like with a cloth or something?"


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