Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 7.11.2016

Obama, Bush to speak at memorial service for slain Dallas officers; How should social media networks handle violent posts?; New authors take over Politico's Playbook; Pokemon Go adds billions to Nintendo's bottom line.

Protests of the police shootings of black men took place for the fourth consecutive night on Sunday, including demonstrations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, where the two most recent incidents took place. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush are set to address Tuesday’s memorial service for five Dallas police officers killed near a protest last week. Vice President Joe Biden will also attend. Obama will try to comfort the country and make sense of the past week’s events, according to the Associated Press.

Social media networks are facing questions about how they handle violent incidents posted to their platforms, with critics saying Facebook hasn’t done enough to substantively address videos streamed via Facebook Live. This weekend, Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson Periscoped his arrest at a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

It’s the beginning of a new era at Politico, as Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman take over the super-influential Playbook email from Mike Allen on Monday. Allen has bylined each newsletter since June 25, 2007. Allen and Politico cofounder Jim VandeHei are departing to found an as-of-yet-unnamed venture later this year.

Pokemon Go is not only making its mark on your social media timelines, it’s also proving to be very lucrative for Nintendo, adding $7.5 billion to the gaming company’s value in the two days since its launch. The game encourages players to walk around their neighborhoods looking for virtual Pokemon characters on their smartphones. Pokemon Go has been installed on more Android devices than Tinder, and it is experiencing about the same levels of daily interaction as Twitter.

As Theranos’ problems got worse, CEO Elizabeth Holmes put a positive spin on its medical research and legal issues, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that employees felt the company had a culture of secrecy excessive by even Silicon Valley standards. Holmes was banned last week from owning or operating a lab for two years, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut off certification for Theranos’ Newark, California, laboratory. 

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