Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.15.2015

Center for Public Integrity compares trade group PR, ad spending to lobbying; Time Inc. launches The Daily Cut; Samsung, BlackBerry executives deny acquisition report.

1. The Center for Public Integrity determined that national trade groups are finding PR and advertising more useful for swaying public opinion than lobbying in a report released Thursday morning. Its example number one is the American Petroleum Institute’s work with Edelman, on which it spent $327.4 million from 2008 to 2012 for advertising and PR.

2. Nearly a year after announcing plans for the website, Time Inc. has finally taken the wraps off The Daily Cut, a single video portal from all of its media brands. The site won’t initially have ads, but it plans to add them later this year.

3. A Reuters report that Samsung recently offered as much as $7.5 billion to take over BlackBerry was shot down by executives from both companies late Wednesday. Two reasons the South Korean technology giant might be interested in the smartphone-maker: increased security and patents. Samsung works with a range of firms including Edelman, while BlackBerry recently said it is shaking up its global AOR model, primarily staffed by APCO Worldwide and Text100, to make room for local firms.

4. RadioShack is getting ready to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as next month, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday. Meanwhile, Ceasars Entertainment’s largest division, which operates most of its 50 global properties, also filed for Chapter 11 early Thursday.

5. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will propose legislation on Thursday that broadens the definition of what the state considers a data breach, forcing more companies to notify customers after they detect one.

6. In the lead-up to the State of the Union, President Barack Obama will call Thursday for cities and states to grant paid sick leave to more workers. He’ll also move to give federal employees six weeks of paid leave when they have a child.

7. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with rape for a December 1 incident in the latest case of alleged violence against women by an NFL player. He faces counts of rape, criminal confinement, and battery. The Colts will face the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. 

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