The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.1.2016

Google pulls April Fool's Day prank; March job numbers; Tesla Model 3 impresses; Investigation sheds light on more problems at Theranos; New York, California embrace higher minimum wage.

Google April Fool’s joke goes terribly wrong
After complaints that it could make light of serious emails, Google pulled its Gmail Mic Drop prank on Friday. Australian users said the gag made it far too easy to add the image of a minion dropping a microphone to a serious message by accident. Some said they lost their jobs over the April Fool’s Day prank. Update: Nonfarm payrolls increased by 215,000 positions last month, but the unemployment rate rose to 5%.


What to watch Friday morning: March job numbers
Economists expect the March employment numbers, due out Friday morning, to show healthy job-creation statistics and slight growth in average hourly wages and the labor-participation rate. Experts predict the unemployment rate will remain at 4.9%.

Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle wows in debut
The company received about 135,000 pre-orders for its Model 3, the first car aimed at a mass-market audience that Tesla has produced, despite the fact that the first shipments won’t go out until late 2017. The orders buck the trend of lower gas prices boosting demand for trucks and SUVs.

Another blow to Theranos
Quality control issues at Theranos’ Newark, California, lab led to inaccurate results for patients using its blood tests, according to a report released late Thursday by federal regulators. The company could lose its certification if it does not correct the issues.

New York, California embrace higher minimum wage
The governors of New York and California both reached deals with lawmakers to raise their respective minimum wages to $15 an hour, the highest rates in the country and a victory for labor activists.

What to know on Friday morning:
Philadelphia to apologize to Jackie Robinson for racism in 1947. Surprises in Reddit’s annual transparency report. Group led by Chinese company Anbang drops $14 billion Starwood bid. Action Bronson removed from George Washington University concert lineup over lyrics. Uber CEO to face price-fixing lawsuit. DraftKings, FanDuel suspend betting on college sports. 

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