New this morning: YouTube personality Mikey Murphy chats about working with brands, building a community of followers, the differences between social media influencers and the more traditional breed of celebrity, and the two different types of YouTube audiences. Also: nine questions for IAC's head of comms, Valerie Combs.
The campaign may be over, but the campaigning isn’t. President-elect Donald Trump held a contentious rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, mocking the media and claiming a "landslide" election victory. He also made actual news by publicly confirming his pick for secretary of defense, Retired Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. Earlier in the day, he claimed U.S. companies that move jobs overseas will face "consequences" in a Trump administration during a stop at a Carrier plant in Indiana.
What many Thanksgiving dinners sounded like. Top Clinton and Trump campaign aides faced off at a Thursday evening panel at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and it went pretty much as expected. Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri: "I would rather lose than win the way you guys did." Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway: "Hashtag he’s your president. How’s that?"
White House appeals overtime injunction. The Labor Department filed an appeal to a federal judge’s temporary injunction stopping the Obama administration from raising the salary threshold at which companies are no longer required to pay overtime to employees to nearly $47,000 per year. The big questions: How long will the appeals process take? And will it even matter with a new administration taking office in a little more than a month?
What’s next for Starbucks? Incoming CEO Kevin Johnson is a three-decade veteran of the technology sector, including stints at Microsoft and Juniper Networks, and has served on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee under two presidents. Chief executive Howard Schultz praised the company’s embrace of technology on a conference call with journalists, investors, and analysts on Thursday.
Theranos dumps board of counselors. The embattled healthcare technology company said late Thursday that it is retiring its advisory board next year. It included retired government heavies such as former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. Bechtel chairman Riley Bechtel is also stepping down from its board of directors.