The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 2.26.2016

Republicans take intensity up a notch at last pre-Super Tuesday debate; Zuckerberg scolds Facebook employees; Diversity problem hangs over Oscars; FIFA votes for a new leader; Apple makes opposition to FBI official.

Marco Rubio goes after Donald Trump at Thursday night's Republican debate. (Image via CNN's YouTube page).
Marco Rubio goes after Donald Trump at Thursday night's Republican debate. (Image via CNN's YouTube page).

Last night: Rivals take best shot at Trump
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz came out swinging against Donald Trump in Thursday night’s debate on CNN, the rowdiest yet among the Republican presidential hopefuls. But is it too late for Cruz and Rubio to make a comeback on Super Tuesday?

Zuckerberg scolds Facebook staff over Black Lives Matter
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg rebuked Facebook employees who crossed out "black" from "black lives matter" comments on its real-life office wall and replaced it with "all lives matter." Zuckerberg is Silicon Valley’s most popular CEO, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

Sunday night: Lack of diversity hangs over Oscars
The Rev. Al Sharpton is planning to lead a protest over lack of diversity at the Oscars near the event itself on Sunday night. Despite efforts to improve diversity in recent years, Academy voters are overwhelmingly white and male. The Atlantic: The missing piece of the Oscars’ diversity conversation.

What to keep an eye on today: FIFA votes for a new leader
FIFA leaders are in Zurich on Friday to vote for a new president of the scandal-plagued international soccer body. The group is replacing embattled chief Sepp Blatter, who just this week said he feels like he’s been hunted down like a common gangster.

Apple files legal response to FBI
After publicly standing up to it for more than a week, Apple officially filed a motion opposing the FBI’s request that it crack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook on Thursday. More than half of Americans believe Apple should hack into the phone, according to a new poll.

What to know on Friday:
Havas growth slows in the fourth quarter. Embattled Michigan governor shakes up communications staff. Marissa Mayer meets with investors amid layoffs.

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