Five things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.29.2014

Alibaba makes first investment since IPO; More than 12 protestors are arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, after an officer was shot on Saturday; Lenovo closes acquisition deal of IBM's server business; Brands leverage National Coffee Day.

1. Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has acquired 15% of Chinese hotel tech provider Beijing Shiji Information Technology for about $458.66 million. The deal marks Alibaba’s first investment since its successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month.

2. At least 12 protestors were arrested Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri for either not following police orders or agitating the crowd, according to CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOV-TV. The recent protests came one day after the shooting of a police officer in the city, and several days after Ferguson’s police chief apologized for the handling of the Michael Brown case.

3. Lenovo will close the $2.1 billion acquisition deal of IBM's x86 server business on October 1, after receiving approval from the US, the European Commission, and China. The deal will make Lenovo the third-largest player in the $42.1 billion global x86 server market, according to ZDNet.

4. Today is National Coffee Day, and brands, such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, are leveraging the pseudo-holiday by offering consumers free or less expensive cups of coffee throughout the day. The brands getting in on the fun are using Twitter to tell coffee-lovers about Monday’s deals.

5. Ello, a social network that wants to be viewed as the "anti-Facebook," has gained good traction among tech aficionados in the six weeks that it’s been open to the public, with more than 38,000 people reportedly asking to sign up per hour. In an interview with CNET, Ello founder Paul Budnitz said the biggest selling point of the network is that it doesn’t have any advertising. On Sunday, the site was down for the first time for about 30 minutes.

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