Eight things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 2.12.2015

Publicis revenue up 3.2% in Q4; WPP to take stake in comScore; CBS News' Simon dies after Manhattan car crash.

The late 60 Minutes veteran Bob Simon
The late 60 Minutes veteran Bob Simon

1. Publicis Group is expecting a stronger 2015 after reporting 3.2% organic sales growth in the fourth quarter to $2.4 billion. The holding company, the owner of MSLGroup, does not break out PR earnings.

On Tuesday, Omnicom Group said its PR revenue was up 8.5% organically in Q4 2014, and the holding company’s overall revenue increased 5.9% in the period.

2. Longtime CBS News veteran and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in Manhattan on Wednesday night. He was 73. Simon was held captive in Iraqi prisons for 40 days in 1991 while reporting from near the Iraq-Kuwait border.

3. WPP said early Thursday that its Kantar unit will partner with comScore in a deal that will see the London-based holding company take a "significant equity stake" in the firm, according to Reuters. The transaction should be completed this year.

4. NBC News executives debated whether to fire embattled Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, according to The Washington Post. Williams was told he was being suspended for six months on Tuesday morning, according to The New York Times’ recap of the crisis.

5. Facebook is helping users with the morbid thought of who will take over their account when they die, allowing them to designate a "legacy contact." Users can also decide to delete their account entirely after they die.

6. More than 1 billion data records – a number higher than the populations of just a few countries – were compromised in 2014, according to digital security firm Gemalto. That’s up from 575 million in 2013.

7. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said Wednesday night at a technology investors conference hosted by Goldman Sachs in San Francisco that he’s bullish on his company’s financial future, saying its ad sales model still has plenty of room to grow.

8. Marvin Chernoff, a Brooklyn, New York, native who founded Marvin Chernoff and Associates, now known as Chernoff/Newman, after a career in politics, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 82.

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