Six things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 10.10.2014

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize; Microsoft CEO apologizes for saying women shouldn't ask for raises.

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1. Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating for the education rights of girls, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday morning along with children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi of India. Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yousafzai was recognized at the 2013 PRWeek Awards as Communicator of the Year.

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2. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized late Thursday for saying women shouldn't proactively ask for raises, but instead trust their company’s system to pay them well. He tweeted that his comments, made earlier in the day at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, were "inarticulate."


Nadella was widely criticized. New York Times technology columnist Molly Wood said, "You have to imagine that if someone within Microsoft was already concerned about treatment of women there, they might be feeling a little more concerned now."

3. A second night of protests took place in St. Louis on Thursday night after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by an off-duty police officer. Police have said the officer was returning fire at Vonderrit Myers, but his family says he was unarmed.

4. Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Thursday that National Football League teams ignored hundreds of domestic abuse cases involving their players. He told USA Today, "I made a mistake. I was human. I was part of it. I’m not proud of it."


5. IT security giant Symantec said Thursday that it will split into two companies, one focused on information management and the other on security.

Symantec is the latest in a string of technology companies to announce a separation, following HP and eBay.


6. The National Football League fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones during a post-game press conference on Sunday, thumbing his nose at the league’s official agreement with Bose.

Beats by Dre recently expanded the responsibilities of agency John Doe to serve as its North American AOR, the firm said earlier this week.

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