The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 12.4.2015

November jobs report out today; Trump tops GOP field; FCC in court over Net Neutrality; Zuck defends stock giveaway; Barnes & Noble wants to be more than books; Record year for M&A.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 12.4.2015

Critical job numbers due this morning
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the November jobs report on Friday morning. It’ll be more important than usual this time, with Federal Reserve officials set to determine interest rate policy later this month.

Trump tops GOP field: CNN/ORC
A new CNN/ORC poll released Friday morning has Donald Trump with a commanding lead over the rest of the GOP field, getting support from 36% of registered Republicans. Ted Cruz is in second with 16% with Dr. Ben Carson two percentage points behind.

FCC to defend Net Neutrality regulations
Officials from the Federal Communications Commission will be in federal court on Friday defending the Net Neutrality rules they drew up nearly a year ago. A group representing telecommunications giants such as Verizon and AT&T has filed suit over the regulations.

Zuckerberg defends stock giveaway
Think Mark Zuckerberg had ulterior motives when he and his wife said they will give away 99% of their stock in Facebook? He posted again on the social network on Thursday night defending the donation. Some have accused the Facebook co-founder of "philanthrocapitalism."

I want to thank you all for your heartwarming congratulations on Max's birth and on starting the Chan Zuckerberg...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Change in attitude at Barnes & Noble
The name Barnes & Noble brings to mind books — what else? CEO Ron Boire wants to change that, telling The New York Times he’d like to make the company a "lifestyle brand" offering gadgets, toys, games, and other entertainment.

Muslim-Americans worry after San Bernardino massacre
While investigators try to confirm a link between the two people who attacked a San Bernardino, California, holiday party and Islamist militants, Muslim Americans are worried about their religion being demonized. Some tell Reuters they’re especially concerned about xenophobia in politics.

Mergers and acquisitions peak in 2015
This year will go down as the biggest year ever in terms of merger-and-acquisition volume, with 112 mostly small deals announced Wednesday putting it over the top. Deal volume in the US peaked in September. Some notables: Pfizer-Allergen and Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller. 

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