The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.15.2016

Clinton, Sanders face off in Brooklyn debate; Twitter names first China market leader; Microsoft sues Justice Department over secret searches; Verizon says strike is slowing down orders.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at Thursday night's Democratic debate in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Image via CNN's YouTube page).
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at Thursday night's Democratic debate in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Image via CNN's YouTube page).

Clinton, Sanders spar in last scheduled debate
The intensity went up a notch in the final scheduled debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on Thursday night and the last before Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries in New York. Clinton is up 17 points in the state, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist University poll.

How the debate is playing in the media
NYT: Sanders and Clinton clash over policies and judgment. WaPo: Clinton and Sanders reach the limits of patience with each other. Politico: Sanders accuses Clinton of using ‘racist term.’ HuffPo: Sanders stumbles on guns and Sandy Hook families. Fox News: Sparks fly over wages, Wall Street, and war at heated Clinton-Sanders debate.

Twitter tries to find a China solution
The company named Kathy Chen as its first managing director for China on Thursday night. The catch: the microblogging platform is blocked in the country. However, Chen’s responsibilities for Greater China will also include other Chinese-speaking markets.

Microsoft vs. the Justice Department
The company behind Windows and Hotmail sued the federal government on Thursday for the right to notify customers when investigators have accessed their data. Microsoft believes secret searches could hurt its ability to sell cloud storage and are a violation of its First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Verizon strike slows down orders
A Verizon executive acknowledged on Thursday that the strike by nearly 40,000 employees is holding up delivery and installations for Internet and TV customers after many technicians went to the picket line on Wednesday. The company is focusing on repairs for existing customers in the meantime.

What to know on Friday
BetterBrand launches chatbot marketing platform for messaging apps. Governor Chris Christie’s communications director steps down. Bernie Sanders won’t meet with Pope Francis during Rome trip. The Atlantic: How the tax-prep industry takes advantage of low-income filers. 

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