Six things for PR pros to know Wednesday morning, 9.23.2014

Customers criticize "bending" iPhones; Effects of Home Depot data breach; Walmart to launch checking accounts; Obama to rally support for ISIS strikes; Mueller FBI investigation questioned.

1. Apple’s giant-size iPhone 6 Plus is prone to bending, according to angry customers who have posted pictures and videos online. One video shows a user bending the phone with his bare hands to prove the flaw wasn't the result of extreme circumstances.

In other smartphone news, BlackBerry will launch the Passport device on Wednesday, featuring a square screen and touch-sensitive keyboard, as the company enters the latest phase of its turnaround.

2. Fraudulent transactions across the country have taken place as a result of Home Depot’s data breach that affected 56 million customers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the Ponemon Institute said in a report released Wednesday that 43% of companies have dealt with a data breach in the past year.

3. Walmart is partnering with prepaid payment-card company Green Dot to offer checking accounts, thought to be lower-cost alternatives to traditional accounts, across the country by the end of October.

4. President Barack Obama will try to rally international support for the fight against ISIS on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York. The US led airstrikes against the group in Syria earlier this week, and Obama emphasized the international nature of the operation in a statement to the press.

Obama is also feeling the heat from critics after he exited Marine One and saluted Marines with a coffee cup in his hand on Tuesday.

5. A website that surfaced earlier this week threatening to leak nude photos of actress Emma Watson, fresh off her speech on feminism to the United Nations, was actually a marketing stunt to shut down 4chan. Rantic Marketing was behind the effort, according to Mashable.

6. Bloomberg News is questioning just how impartial former FBI Director Robert Mueller can be as he investigates the National Football League, noting how hiring a former high-ranking law-enforcement official is now a routine part of the crisis-response playbook.

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