The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 9.17.2015

PRWeek Conference recap; GOP candidates take the gloves off in second debate; MWW splits with Anthony Weiner; Cablevision acquired by Altice; GM, feds settle criminal inquiry; Damon apologizes for diversity comments.

All the best from the PRWeek Conference
Check out our recap of everything that went down at the 2015 edition of the PRWeek Conference, which took place on Wednesday in New York City. Highlights included Hoda Kotb, Tiki Barber, Pfizer’s Sally Susman, and entrepreneur and agency leader Gary Vaynerchuk.

Republicans go at it again
NYT: Candidates use second GOP debate to taunt Donald Trump; HuffPo: Carly Fiorina gets revenge on Donald Trump for ‘face’ comment; Vox: Carly Fiorina won the debate, but fact checkers will have a field day; ABC News: The best zingers from the second Republican debate.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton took a phone call from Fake Donald Trump on The Tonight Show.


MWW splits with Anthony Weiner
Numerous reports say MWW and Anthony Weiner have parted ways just a few months after the firm brought the former congressman on as a consultant. There are conflicting views about how the split went down.

Milestone for Pinterest
Pinterest has passed the mark of 100 million active monthly users, the social media platform said on Wednesday. The company has been valued at up to $11 billion.

Cablevision acquired
European telecommunications company Altice has agreed to buy Cablevision for $17.7 billion, it announced before markets opened across the Atlantic on Thursday morning. The deal is part of Altice’s rapid stateside expansion.

GM, feds settle criminal inquiry
General Motors has reportedly settled a criminal investigation with federal prosecutors looking into its handling of defective ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts and other models. The issue resulted in the recall of millions of cars and was linked to dozens of deaths.

Damon apologizes
Actor Matt Damon apologized on Wednesday evening for comments he made on HBO’s Project Greenlight in which he seemed to brush off calls for diversity made by director Effie Brown. Damon’s comments prompted the hashtag #Damonsplaining.

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