Uber looks to public affairs world for next comms head, and five other things to know Tuesday morning

Uber considers political strategists for head comms role; Web giants urge FCC to oppose net neutrality; Layoffs at Microsoft expected; Allan Mayer on crisis comms; What will Yahoo's Q2 earnings say about Alibaba's IPO?

Uber looks to public affairs world for next comms head, and five other things to know Tuesday morning

Uber is looking to the political world for its next major hire, considering former Hillary Clinton aide Howard Wolfson and even former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for the role, according to Re/code, as it faces legal challenges in various states and cities. No word on whether there is reciprocal interest from the two politicos.

Andrew Noyes, former head of corporate communications at Uber, stepped down from the position in May.

Apple is also considering Carney for its open top communications position, the role that Katie Cotton vacated in May, according to the website.

Five other things to know Tuesday morning:

  • An alliance of major Web-based companies has filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission urging it to oppose government net neutrality proposals. The Internet Association, which includes Google and Netflix, among others, is also planning a publicity campaign, according to Reuters.
  • Microsoft could soon announce its largest round of job cuts in five years, according to Bloomberg. Sources told the news service that marketing is one area that could be affected.
  • Here’s how American Apparel co-chairman and 42West executive Allan Mayer describes crisis communications in a profile in Bloomberg BusinessWeek: "For years, I’ve been looking for an unpretentious way to describe what I do. Strategic communications counsel is the best I could come up with. A lot of my clients think of me as a consigliere. In the old days, I would have been called a fixer."
  • Yahoo’s second-quarter earnings are due after the closing bell on Tuesday. Yet many investors are more interested in what it has to say about Alibaba’s upcoming IPO. Marissa Mayer’s company owns more than 200 million shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant.
  • A Veterans Affairs whistleblower told a House committee late Monday that VA staffers altered records to make it look like former servicemen were getting faster treatment than they actually were.

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