Six things for PR pros to know Friday morning

French believe there are no survivors in Air Algerie crash; Amazon reports surprising quarterly loss; Zillow looks to buy Trulia; Google honors more than half of European 'right to be forgotten' requests; GM dealers don't mind recalls; Talks over VA reform bill break down.

Six things for PR pros to know Friday morning

France has sent troops to Africa to guard the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers that crashed on Thursday. None of the 116 passengers on-board have survived, French officials said, adding that terrorism has not been ruled out though the likely cause of the crash was bad weather.

Zillow is in advanced talks to acquire rival property portal Trulia in a deal that would establish Zillow as the dominant search site for consumers looking to buy a home. Trulia could go for as much as $2 billion in cash and stock. Its communications leader, Ken Shuman, recently left to join financial decision-making company NerdWallet.

Google told European privacy officials on Thursday that it has signed off on more than half of "right to be forgotten" requests from individuals who want to pull embarrassing or outdated search results from the Web. About 91,000 individuals have appealed to Google to remove specific search results, covering more than 325,000 URLs.

General Motors’ spate of automobile recalls has been a sales-opportunity boon for some dealers, who see the process as a way to touch base with customers they rarely see in person. "In many cases, these are customers we haven’t seen in a long time or have never met before," one dealer told Reuters.

Amazon reported a second-quarter loss of $126 million on Thursday that was worse than analysts’ expectations. Amazon’s revenue was in line with predictions, but spending growth was to blame for the heavy loss.

Congressional negotiations over a Veterans Affairs reform bill have broken down, even after months of reports of long wait times for veterans seeking care and discrepancies with VA records. Meanwhile, former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald looks headed for an easy Senate confirmation for the VA secretary role. 

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