Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 10.23.2014

Publicis reports 1% Q3 growth; Zuckerberg speaks Chinese at Beijing event; Harper calls Ottawa shootings a terrorist act.

1. Publicis Groupe, which owns and operates MSLGroup among other firms, reported a third-quarter organic revenue increase of 1% compared with the prior year to about $2.2 billion on Thursday morning. The holding company did not break out PR performance.

Earlier this week, Interpublic Group said it achieved "high-single-digit" growth by its PR firms in the period, while Omnicom Group said its PR revenue was up 2.5% in the third quarter, year-over-year.

2. Facebook paid virtually no corporate tax in the UK in 2013 for the second straight year, despite a jump in revenue earned in the country, according to the Financial Times. It has 172 staffers in the UK.

3. Perhaps taking a lesson from the 2012 political football over whether President Barack Obama called the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a terrorist act, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper quickly labeled Wednesday morning’s Ottawa shootings as such.

4. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a forum at a Beijing University on Wednesday, demonstrating his interest in the country by speaking Mandarin for about a half hour. Facebook has been banned in China since 2009.

5. Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, has reached out to top aides to see if they plan to stay for the duration of his term in office, according to Politico. Among those in question is communications director Jennifer Palmieri.

6. The Manhattan US attorney’s office is questioning executives from automobile products maker Takata about whether the company lied to US regulators amid a growing recall of air bags, according to The Wall Street Journal.

7. Twitter has unveiled its Digits tool, which would allow users to sign in to apps using just their phone numbers, theoretically eliminating the drag of memorizing username and password information for every app. 

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