Eight things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 9.19.2014

Scots vote to stick with UK; GSK found guilty, fined by Chinese court; Home Depot breach to affect 58 million accounts; Christie supports Goodell; Ellison steps down at Oracle.

1. Scottish citizens voted decisively to stay in the UK on Thursday, keeping the union of more than 300 years in tact. After the vote, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he will honor promises to give Scotland more autonomy. The pound was up on the news. Business leaders were relieved — as were makers of Scottish whisky.

The decision is also a blow to pollsters, who had predicted a photo finish. Betting markets were more accurate this time around.

Here’s how the UK’s newspapers covered the news, and how leaders of the Yes and No sides reacted.

2. A GlaxoSmithKline Chinese subsidiary was found guilty Friday of bribing non-government officials by a court in the country. It fined the pharmaceutical giant nearly $500 million.

3. YouTube is planning to spend millions of dollars on its biggest stars, such as fashion taste-maker Bethany Mota, in an effort to raise the quality of the network’s content and retain talent.

4. Alibaba’s shares were priced at $68 apiece, meaning the China-based company is set to raise nearly $22 billion through its initial public offering despite some lingering doubts about the company’s future. Shares will begin trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

5. Home Depot said Thursday that 56 million payment cards were affected in a data breach of its servers, a greater number than those impacted in the cyberattack on Target last year. It could cost the company $62 million.

6. A White House official, quoted anonymously, said Thursday that the National Football League needs to get a better handle on issues of domestic violence. Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is drawing criticism for staying out of sight since a CBS News interview last Wednesday. Viewership numbers for NFL games have not been hurt by the deluge of violent incidents involving the league’s players.

7. Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison said Thursday that he is stepping down after nearly four decades leading the enterprise software company.

8. Nike shareholders questioned the company’s endorsement strategy on Thursday at its shareholder meeting after a spate of violent incidents involving swoosh-wearing athletes. The company has cut ties with Ray Rice and Oscar Pistorius and suspended the contract of Adrian Peterson.

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