The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.14.2015

Twitter issues warning about cyber attacks; Nearly 200 nations sign landmark environmental deal; Uber reshuffles comms team; Cruz moves to top of the polls in Iowa; Newell Rubbermaid to acquire Jarden.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.14.2015

Twitter warns users about state-sponsored hacks
In a first, Twitter has reached out to some users to warn them state-sponsored hackers may try to obtain their personal information, saying "a small group of accounts" were targeted. The microblogging service said there was no indication hackers actually obtained sensitive data.

Landmark environmental deal
Nearly 200 nations agreed to the framework of a major climate pact on Saturday at a summit outside of Paris. President Obama spoke to the nation Saturday evening about the deal. However, some climate activists say the accord doesn’t go far enough. Representatives from Edelman and FleishmanHillard were there on behalf of clients India and Brazil, respectively, according to Reuters.

Uber reshuffles comms, policy team
The ride-hailing company has cut about 20 positions in its policy and communications department as it restructures the unit. The reshuffle is taking place after Uber hired former Google comms execs Rachel Whetstone and Jill Hazelbaker.

Cruz support skyrockets
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is consolidating support from conservatives in Iowa, pushing him to the top of the polls over Donald Trump in the early caucus state. Trump, meanwhile, is sparring with a top Iowa pollster. The Republican contenders are preparing for Tuesday night’s debate on CNN.

Newell Rubbermaid to buy Jarden
The maker of Sharpie pens said Monday morning that it will acquire Jarden, which makes kitchen appliances and owns the Coleman outdoor brand, for $13.2 billion. Newell Rubbermaid wants to expand its presence in kitchen appliances, among other areas.

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