Ten things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.8.2014

Brands real-time the announcement of a new royal baby; Electrolux to buy GE appliances business; Alibaba starts pre-IPO road show; Chuck Todd hosts first 'Meet the Press;' Obama to make speech detailing ISIS action; Atlanta Hawks owner says he will sell the team after "inappropriate" email.

1. The United Kingdom’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announced Monday morning that they are expecting their second child, who will be fourth in line for the monarchy. Here’s how Nissan’s UK branch quickly reacted to the news on Twitter.


2. Sweden-based Electrolux is planning to buy General Electric’s appliances business for $3.3 billion, the company said Monday morning. The deal would grow Electrolux’s footprint in the US and help it take on competitors such as Whirlpool.

3. Alibaba is kicking off its roadshow for potential investors on Monday, with 100 meetings planned over 10 days, in preparation for its IPO later this month. It wants to raise more than $21 billion by going public.


4. On Tuesday, Google will hold the first of seven planned meetings with European leaders to discuss how it can balance its search engine while complying with the "right to be forgotten" ruling handed down by a European Union court in May. It is getting thousands of requests a month to remove search results deemed irrelevant or outdated.


5. Chuck Todd’s first week hosting Meet the Press was more lively but not radically different than the version chaired by predecessor David Gregory. His first guest, President Barack Obama, made news when he acknowledged that going golfing just after delivering remarks on the beheading of American journalist James Foley was not his best moment.

6. Obama also said he will make a televised speech to the nation on how he plans to counter the threat posted by ISIS, the radical group holding territory in both Iraq and Syria against which the US has been conducting airstrikes. The group’s militants have beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in recent weeks.

7. Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday that he will sell the team after disclosing that he wrote a 2012 email that contained "inappropriate and offensive" racial remarks. Nearly five months ago, the NBA stripped owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers after he was recorded making racially insensitive comments.

8. The White House’s decision to delay action on immigration until after November’s midterm elections has angered many activists. Arturo Carmona, executive director of presente.org, told The Washington Post that Obama "raised the hopes of millions of Latinos across the country by promoting anticipation for executive action, only to smash them for perceived political gain."


9. Reddit took down the subreddit containing nude or otherwise revealing images of celebrities that were leaked to the Internet last weekend, nearly one week after the pictures became public. Reddit CEO Yishan Wong explained the decision on a corporate blog post.


10. If Scottish citizens vote for independence from Great Britain, billions of dollars in international investment would be at risk, according to Bloomberg News. The pro-independence "yes" side took its first lead in a recent YouGov poll.

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