Breakfast Briefing: The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 10.11.2016

Samsung has pulled the plug on the Galaxy Note 7, but will the crisis hurt the Samsung brand long-term?

Samsung is stopping production on the Galaxy Note 7. (Image via Samsung's Facebook page).
Samsung is stopping production on the Galaxy Note 7. (Image via Samsung's Facebook page).

Samsung pulls the plug on Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has stopped production on its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, saying it is "taking our customers’ safety as our highest priority" after a handful of the devices caught fire in the past week. The South Korea-based company began a global recall of the phones on Monday. Crisis comms experts said the incidents will make Samsung the butt of jokes, but it’s too early to say if they will hurt the company’s brand long-term.

Study: Soda giants worked both sides of health debate. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo donated millions to high-profile health organizations from 2011 to 2015 while simultaneously lobbying against health legislation, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine published on Monday. Critics said the heathcare groups shouldn’t have accepted the money in the first place.

On the post-second-debate campaign trail: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump both campaigning in Florida on Tuesday; Clinton climbs to 11-point national lead in NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday; Trump not softening event message despite video leak; How Tic Tac, mentioned in the video leak, denounced Trump; Former Minnesota Viking on what guys actually talk about in locker rooms.

Military pressure cuts IS propaganda. The Islamic State’s propaganda output has been cut drastically over the past year by airstrikes and other military and intelligence actions, according to terrorism researchers at the U.S. Military Academy. In a year-over-year comparison, the terrorist group produced less than half the articles in August that it did the previous year.

Investor sues Theranos. One of the medical technology company’s largest financial backers has sued the startup, claiming it lied to attract tens of millions of dollars in funding, according to The Wall Street Journal. Partner Fund Management has accused Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes and another executive of lying about the effectiveness of its blood-testing technology.

Suitors back away from Twitter. Several potential buyers for Twitter have decided against making an offer, leaving Salesforce as its most prominent possible match. Twitter debuted an ad campaign around New York City on Monday, including in the Financial District.

Wells Fargo reshuffles amid fake account crisis. The bank is moving several parts of its operations under number-two executive Timothy Sloan, effective at the start of next month. Sloan, a 29-year veteran of the bank has been largely isolated from the crisis, noted The New York Times. 

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