Eight things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 10.27.2014

John Oliver wants food companies to #ShowUsYourPeanuts; CVS declines to use Apple Pay; New York, New Jersey split on Ebola quarantines.

1. The sugar industry is John Oliver’s latest target. On Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight, the commentator pointed out foods that contain surprisingly large amounts of sugar — cranberries, for one. When Oliver joked that food producers should reveal their products’ sugar contents measured by circus peanuts, the #ShowUsYourPeanuts hashtag was born.

2. Twenty-six-year-old Greg Marra is one of the most influential people in the news business, though you’ve probably never heard of him. Marra, a Facebook engineer who helps to determine what articles show up in users’ news feeds, was profiled in Sunday’s New York Times.

3. Twitter will maintain the domain name and photo archive of winding down service Twitpic, meaning users will be able to access their images and other data for the time being. Twitpic founder Noah Everett announced the decision on Sunday in a blog post.


4. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has backed off stringent quarantine measures announced Friday for healthcare workers who have treated Ebola patients. However, New Jersey Governor, and probable presidential candidate, Chris Christie is sticking to the script. The White House reportedly urged both states to step back from the rules over the weekend. One nurse held in quarantine has said she’ll take the issue to court, contending that her human rights have been violated.

Update: Christie said Monday morning that the nurse, Kaci Hickox, will be allowed to leave her quarantine at a Newark hospital if officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approve.

5. Pharmacy chains Rite Aid and CVS are among the companies that will not accept transactions through Apple Pay, the payment service Apple launched last week. Walmart and Best Buy had previously said they will not use the system.

6. Yoga-wear maker Lululemon is facing criticism after announcing a deal to donate $750,000 over the next three years to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Skeptics said on social media that the clothing chain was only trying to tie itself to the religious leader’s popularity.

7. The Republicans have an advantage in states they need to perform well in to retake the Senate, according to two NBC/Marist University polls released this weekend. Polling on the Orman-Roberts race in Kansas has fluctuated wildly.

8. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is close to a decision to run for president, according to The New York Times. Winning the White House would make him the third member of his family to attain the presidency after his father and brother. 

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