10 things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.4.2015

Dish Network, T-Mobile in merger talks: WSJ; Timberland picks Coyne as new North American PR AOR; Bush to announce candidacy on June 15; Duggars interviewed on Fox News; Cruz mocks Biden after son's death, apologizes.

1. Dish Network and T-Mobile are in merger talks. Such a deal would combine the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the US with the second-biggest satellite TV provider in the latest major media-consolidating deal. However, Re/code described a combination as a marriage of convenience, saying, "A deal between Dish and T-Mobile is akin to two people who hook up because they are the last ones left in the bar at closing time."

2. Timblerland has named Coyne PR as its North American AOR, with the goal of strengthening its footing as a lifestyle brand. Porter Novelli, which the footwear brand still works with in Canada, was the incumbent.

3. Jeb Bush will finally make it official on June 15, jumping into the race for the Republican nomination for president with an event in Miami. The former Florida governor said he was exploring a run six months ago. An aide to Rick Perry said he’s also planning another run for the White House.

4. The parents of reality show star Josh Duggar told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Wednesday that their son improperly touched four of their daughters as a juvenile, and that they took steps to stop it. They blamed the media for victimizing family members.

5. Texas Senator Ted Cruz cracked a joke about Joe Biden at a Wednesday event, days after the vice president’s son died. He quickly apologized.

It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize. The loss of his...

Posted by Ted Cruz on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

6. DailyMail.com is investing $3 million in content-recommendation shop Taboola. The two companies are hoping to develop advertising products together.

7. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took an uncharacteristically humble tone at an event honoring the company on Wednesday. "I’ll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect and neither is this company," he said, according to Mashable.

8. Dickstein Shapiro, Dennis Hastert’s former lobbying shop, has hunkered down since the one-time speaker of the house was indicted. It also lost major clients and talent over the past year, according to Politico.

9. Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca wrote an 800-word blog post recommending a handful of business moves for the company, including listing three theoretical acquisition targets. He also said on CNBC that Twitter would be an "instant fit" if Google bought the platform.

10. Both Democrats and Republicans say income inequality is a problem, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. They differ by party lines in terms of whether the government should play a lead role addressing the issue.

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