The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 10.29.2015

Rubio shines in third GOP debate; Pfizer, Allergan in merger talks, Uber embraces #NationalCatDay; Sony posts a profit, Deutsche Bank to cut tens of thousands of jobs; What went wrong at Flipboard?

Rubio up, Bush down in third GOP debate
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is riding a wave of media praise after smacking down former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at a key moment in last night’s Republican debate. The event had a sharper tone than the previous two debates, with moderators and members of the media also becoming targets. RNC head Reince Priebus issued a statement after the debate criticizing host CNBC. Hillary Clinton responded moment-by-moment in text messages to supporters.

How it’s playing in the media
Mashable: CNBC’s moderators make everyone mad during the Republican debate. BuzzFeed: Carson and Trump — the actual Republican frontrunners — fade into the background in Colorado. CNBC: Rubio and Cruz win key social media metrics. USA Today: Chris Christie not amused by fantasy football question.

Pfizer, Allergan think about merger
Somewhat buried on Wednesday night amid the World Series and the Republican debate was news that Pfizer and Allergan are considering a merger. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that talks are in the very early stages.

Uber gives #NationalCatDay a lift
Among the brands taking advantage of #NationalCatDay is Uber, which is delivering kittens to offices in 50 cities. Stressed-out employees can pay $30 for 15 minutes of cuddling in one of the ride-hailing service’s latest efforts to build goodwill with consumers.

Sony back to profitability
After a long restructuring process, not to mention a major hacking scandal at the end of last year, Sony bounced back to post a profit of $278 million in the fiscal second quarter. Sales were down 0.5%.

Major layoffs at Deutsche Bank
German financial player Deutsche Bank is planning to cut its workforce by 35,000 in the next two years by eliminating positions and selling off businesses. It will also close operations in 10 countries, including Mexico. Shares were down Thursday morning on the announcement.

Whatever happened to Flipboard?
The Wall Street Journal looks at how an exodus of top talent and increasing competition has dulled prospects for the app, once hailed as the best application for the iPad. The company’s CEO is under pressure to revive the business or sell it. 

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