The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 9.29.2015

Cohn & Wolfe acquires India-based firm; Volkswagen to recall 11 million cars; New executive editor at Huffington Post; Apple to release new privacy standards; Planned Parenthood head to testify on Capitol Hill; Trevor Noah's debut gets mixed reviews.

C&W deals for Indian firm
Cohn & Wolfe has bought a majority stake in Indian agency Six Degrees PR, as well as its integrated marketing and content subsidiary Alphabet Consulting. Six Degrees has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore and its client roster includes Cushman & Wakefield and Nokia.

Volkswagen to recall 11 millions cars
Volkswagen is planning to refit 11 million cars with software used to dupe emissions regulations. The recall could cost the company $6.5 billion. The automaker has lost a third of its market value since US regulators first said it tried to avoid emissions rules for its diesel cars.

New executive editor at Huffington Post
The Huffington Post has named Liz Heron executive editor. She was most recently head of news partnerships at Facebook and previously had stints at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Apple’s new privacy standards
Apple is set to release new privacy guidelines on Tuesday to catch up with the release of the latest version of its iOS operating system and new services that connect more personally with customers such as its News app.  

Planned Parenthood president on the Hill
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, is set to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday as Republicans continue to push to defund the organization. However, a government shutdown over funding the organization is increasingly unlikely.

Mixed reviews for Noah’s first Daily Show
Trevor Noah debuted as the host of The Daily Show on Monday night, joking America "has a new step dad…and he’s black." The launch episode got mixed reviews, with some critics saying he failed to put his own stamp on the program.

Verizon, Publicis Groupe ink deal
Publicis Groupe has signed up for a one-year advertising partnership with go90, the Millennial-focused video content service recently launched in beta by Verizon. Publicis will be the exclusive advertiser on the service for three months.

Poll: Biden could be race’s most popular candidate
If Vice President Joe Biden does get into the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination, he’d immediately be the most popular figure in the contest, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Forty percent of Americans have a positive view of the veep, compared with 28% who have a negative opinion.

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