Breakfast Briefing, 12.7.2017: Trio of digital shops bought

Good Thursday morning. Three digital agency acquisitions have been announced since you left the office last night. More on that below.

Weber Shandwick has acquired Resolute Digital and Bomoda to expand its global data sciences, analytics, search, and performance marketing capabilities. Both shops will retain their brands. Meanwhile, Stagwell Group has bought digital marketing firm Forward3D in its 16th acquisition since Mark Penn founded the holding company in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Thursday’s press statement to watch: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is set to make an announcement today. Many observers believe he will resign amid snowballing sexual harassment complaints against him and practically the entire Democratic Senate caucus calling for him to step down. Franken’s office denied on Thursday that he'd decided to step down. 

Patagonia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block President Donald Trump’s decision to pare back protected land at Bears Ears national monument in Utah. The outdoors brand posted the message "the president stole your land" prominently across its website this week.

Activists upset with proposed rollbacks of Net Neutrality policies are set to protest outside Verizon stores around the country on Thursday. Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press Action Fund are among the groups behind the demonstrations, according to ArsTechnica. If you’re looking to join the protests or avoid them while shopping, the organizations released this handy map of demonstration locations.

Bozoma Saint John is in the spotlight for the Financial Times’ Women in 2017 feature. The Uber chief brand officer made some revealing comments about the embattled ride-hailing company to the newspaper, saying, ""People love the product; they don’t necessarily love the brand."

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