Breakfast Briefing, 9.29.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

Where to get free coffee today; Twitter's Russia briefings called "inadequate"; Elon Musk's new plan for rocket travel between cities; Judge rules Black Lives Matter social movement, hashtags can't be sued; and other news to know this morning.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.29.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

It’s National Coffee Day!
Brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, and Cinnabon are giving out free coffee; while Keurig and Peet’s Coffee are offering discounts on java. Today through Sunday, Starbucks is using its menu boards for the first time to "shed light on the role of coffee farmers, and bring awareness to the challenges they face, including coffee leaf rust and climate change," the company said in a blog post.

Twitter’s Russia briefings called "inadequate"
Twitter told lawmakers it found more than 200 accounts linked to the same Russian groups that bought $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook to meddle with the U.S. election. After Twitter reps met with both House and Senate intelligence panels on Thursday, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said, "[Twitter’s] response was frankly inadequate on almost every level. There is a lot more work they have to do." Twitter is using its blog to update the public on what it’s doing to address abuses of its systems.

Elon Musk’s new plan for rocket travel between cities
Speaking on Friday at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled plans to use a rocket for long distance travel on Earth. Musk claimed that it will allow passengers to take "most long distance trips" in just 30 minutes, and go "anywhere on Earth in under an hour" for around the same price of an economy airline ticket. Also revealed at the event: Musk is an awkward public speaker.

Judge rules Black Lives Matter social movement, hashtags can’t be sued
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson dismissed a police officer’s anonymous suit of Black Lives Matter and activist DeRay Mckesson, after being harmed by a rock thrown during a protest over a Baton Rouge police shooting last year. Jackson noted that Black Lives Matter, like the tea party or civil rights movement, is a social movement and therefore cannot be sued. The officer also attempted to add "#BlackLivesMatter" as a defendant, but Jackson said a hashtag also cannot be sued because it is not a "juridical person."

Other news to know: VW takes new $3 billion hit over diesel emissions scandal; Whole Foods hit by hackers.

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