The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.29.2016

EgyptAir hijacking; Whetstone reshapes Uber's policy and comms group; Mitchell appoints Gilboy to run New York; FBI drops case against Apple; Comparison says Theranos not as good as traditional lab tests.

An EgyptAir flight on the ground. (Image via Wikimedia Commons).
An EgyptAir flight on the ground. (Image via Wikimedia Commons).

Leading Tuesday morning’s news cycle:
An EgyptAir flight landed in Cyprus after it was hijacked by a man reportedly wearing a suicide vest early Tuesday. Most of the people on board have been released. Reports say the hijacker is most likely motivated by a personal matter, not terrorism. Update: Egyptian officials tweeted just before 8 am EST that the hijacking situation is over. 

Whetstone wastes no time reshaping Uber’s policy, comms shop
When Google veteran Rachel Whetstone took over as Uber’s policy and communications SVP, she wasted little time shaking up the group and hiring a roster of staffers from companies including Google and Square, according to Re/code. High-profile staffers Matt McKenna, a onetime spokesman for President Clinton, and former Uber Americas communications lead Lane Kasselman left the company to start Greenbrier Partners.

Mitchell appoints John Gilboy to run New York location
The agency has named John Gilboy, SVP and GM of its Chicago office, to run its expanded footprint in New York, effective May 1, while maintaining oversight of its operations in the Windy City. He joined the firm in 2014. Mitchell rebranded late last year.

Apple, FBI standoff ends
The long war of words between Apple and the FBI ended Monday evening when the feds said they've hacked into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without the company’s help and dropped their case against the technology giant. Yet experts note the privacy vs. security debate isn’t going away.


Research: Theranos not as good as conventional blood tests
Theranos has long promised it can make blood tests less painful and more accurate. Yet a comparison study published Monday night showed that’s not the case, depicting Theranos blood tests as less accurate than the conventional type.

What to know on Tuesday morning:
Obama to visit drug treatment summit, urges journalists to embrace a higher standard. NHL officials acknowledge concussion dangers in fights, while another NFL player cites concussion risk in early retirement. Georgia governor steps back from "religious freedom" law. Instagram influencers not happy with algorithm changes. CNN hires former Meet the Press host as analyst. 

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