Six things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 10.14.2014

Ruder Finn buys consultancy in Asia-Pacific; Dropbox says it wasn't hacked as passwords, usernames appear online; CDC chief: US needs to rethink Ebola strategy.

1. Ruder Finn has acquired the Asia-Pacific portfolio of SharpeLankester, a consultancy that specializes in reputation management, crisis communications, and investor relations, the firm said Tuesday morning. Ruder Finn named Charles Lankester as SVP for reputation management in Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong.

2. Hundreds of usernames and passwords for the file-sharing service Dropbox appeared Monday on information-sharing website Pastebin. An anonymous user claimed to have hacked as many as 7 million accounts. However, Dropbox said it was not hacked and that the usernames and passwords, which are mostly for lapsed accounts, were stolen from other services.


3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Thomas Frieden said at a press conference on Monday that the US needs to rethink how it combats Ebola and other infectious diseases. Frieden made the remarks after nurse Nina Pham became the first person to contract Ebola in the US after caring for an infected patient at a Dallas hospital, raising questions about the preparedness of medical centers to treat Ebola.

4. Warren Buffett is a bigger brand than his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. However, the uber-successful businessman is working to change that by putting the Berkshire Hathaway brand front and center in public appearances and in business deals, according to Dealbook.


5. Kim Jong-un appeared in public on Tuesday for the first time in five weeks, giving "field guidance" at a residential district, according to state media in the country. The North Korean dictator was carrying a cane amid rampant speculation about his health and grip on power.

6. A handful of companies appointed new leaders over the holiday weekend.

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