The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 10.8.2015

Blatter suspended; Goldman to eschew wire services for Twitter for earnings release; Dell in talks to buy EMC; Changes afoot at Twitter; Murdoch tweet causes outrage.

"Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009" by Monika Flueckiger, World Economic Forum - originally posted to Flickr as Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia C
"Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009" by Monika Flueckiger, World Economic Forum - originally posted to Flickr as Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia C

Murdoch tweet causes outrage
Rupert Murdoch is facing widespread criticism after he tweeted Wednesday night that GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson could be "a real black president who can properly address the racial divide."

Update: Murdoch apologized on Thursday morning.

Goldman rethinks the earnings release
Goldman Sachs will use Twitter and its own website to distribute its next quarterly earnings release, instead of traditional newswires. The financial services titan wants more control over its earnings results after a number of glitches at news-release-distribution services, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Dell in talks to buy EMC
PC-maker Dell is in discussions to buy cloud storage company EMC in what could be one of the tech sector’s biggest ever deals. The reported discussions are taking place as Dell is trying to transform itself into a bigger player in enterprise computing services.

Changes signaled at Twitter
Twitter head of product Kevin Weill said yesterday at a Re/code event that his company is open to changes to its flagship platform, including possibly expanding its 140-character limit. He also commented that he realizes editing tweets isn’t easy.

Blatter suspended
FIFA has suspended president Sepp Blatter for 90 days after its ethics committee investigated allegations of corruption under his watch. The international soccer body has also put secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice president Michel Platini on the bench for three months.

Volkswagen US CEO on the Hill
Volkswagen’s highest-ranking executive in North America, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn, is set to tell Congress today he knew about the company’s "defeat device" for avoiding emissions regulations as early as 2014, according to remarks released early.

AB In-Bev takes shot at SABMiller
Anheuser-Busch InBev took the unusual step of publicly criticizing SABMiller, which it is trying to buy, for rejecting its latest acquisition offer. Budweiser’s parent company said its $104 billion offer, quickly rejected on Wednesday morning, was good for SABMiller’s stockholders.

Major newspaper deal
USA Today parent Gannett has agreed to buy Journal Media Group, the owner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 15 other daily newspapers for $280 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.

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