Nine things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.25.2014

Apple pulls back iOS 8; ESPN suspends Simmons for Goodell comments; Former Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates exec pleads guilty to insider trading; Yahoo, Yelp the latest companies to cut ties with ALEC.

1. Apple pulled its iOS 8 update after users experienced glitches including dropped phone calls after downloading it.

Just a few days after touting record sales of its new mobile devices, the company is also dealing with reports of the iPhone 6 Plus bending.

2. ESPN suspended Grantland editor and commentator Bill Simmons after he called National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell "a liar" on his podcast on Monday, and then dared his bosses at the network to do anything about it. Simmons was suspended for three weeks — a week longer than Ray Rice was originally taken out of action for his role in a February domestic violence incident.

3. Former Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates market intelligence director Michael Lucarelli pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of securities fraud after being accused of using information in not-yet-public press releases for insider trading. He is facing 20 years in prison.

Lucarelli gained national notoriety after he tried to evade waiting photographers by running from a courthouse barefoot and wearing a tank-top in August.


4. Yahoo became the latest technology giant to end its partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Yelp said it had done the same, while Google’s Eric Schmidt commented earlier in the week that his company’s work with the group was "a mistake." ALEC has been criticized for its stance on climate-change legislation, among other issues.


5. Comcast and Time Warner Cable accused companies opposed to their $45 billion merger of "extortion" in documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week. Comcast later stepped back on a call with reporters, where EVP David Cohen said the companies "are absolutely not accusing anyone of criminal activity."


6. General Motors has made its first offers to victims’ families through the compensation fund set up for payments related to deaths caused by vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The automaker has set aside $400 million for payments.


7. Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s confirmed Wednesday that credit card accounts used at 216 of its stores from June 16 to September 5 were compromised as part of a cyberattack on the company.


8. UK Prime Minister David Cameron apologized on Wednesday for saying Queen Elizabeth II was so happy about the results of the Scottish independence referendum, she "purred."


9. A coalition of authors at odds with Amazon over its ongoing contract dispute with Hachette Book Group has asked the Justice Department to look into the company’s business practices.

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