Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.22.2015

Clinton to prioritize fixing leaks in prospective 2016 campaign; Uber faces regulatory hurdles in South Korea; American Express, eBay announce layoffs.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.22.2015

1. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assumed 2016 campaign for the White House will try to fix one major problem it had seven years ago: a deluge of leaks to the press, according to Politico. Meanwhile, probable GOP candidate Jeb Bush and 2012 standard-bearer Mitt Romney are set to meet in Utah this week at the former Florida governor’s request.

2. Uber is facing a legal headache in South Korea, where a regulator has accused it of violating communications rules by using location-based data. The ride service has raised $1.6 billion in funding to boost its operations around the world, it said on Wednesday.

3. American Express is planning to cut 4,000 jobs this year, it said on Wednesday, despite reporting first-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations. EBay also disclosed layoffs, saying it will trim 2,400 positions this quarter, or about 7% of its workforce.

4. Twitter will help users catch up on tweets they may have missed while not obsessively checking their timelines. The Recap update will place three popular tweets from the time a user was offline at the top of his list.

5. House Republicans have pulled back an anti-abortion bill that would have largely banned the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying they were short of the votes needed. Female Republicans had warned that the bill would hurt the party’s chances of appealing to more women in 2016.

6. European economic issues are again taking center stage at Davos. In particular, Ukraine’s president has asked world leaders for help dealing with Russia, which he called an "aggressor" on its border. Chinese leaders are also trying to calm worries about its economy.

7. Michael Lucarelli, the former director of market intelligence at Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, whose barefoot sprint from a courthouse made The Daily Show, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insider trading on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in September to securities fraud. 

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