Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

AT&T CEO says White House flubbed the Acosta incident; Senators ask Trump to be quiet about the Federal Reserve; Amazon moves to NYC.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

The CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson says the White House flubbed last week’s incident with CNN Reporter Jim Acosta. Stephenson said the White House ignored established procedure and likely damaged protections for the press. "If the White House wants to pull someone’s press credentials, there is a process," Stephenson said Monday to the Wall Street Journal.

Separately, two Senators say Trump needs to zip it about the Federal Reserve. His critiques could harm the reputation of the central bank and may damage the economy said Sens. Chris Coons (D., Del.) and Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) in a letter they sent to Trump. They also cautioned Trump that differences over interest rate policies aren’t reason enough to fire senior Federal Reserve employees. (Wall Street Journal)

If competing for talent is tough now, just wait until Amazon moves to NYC. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will pick New York City and Northern Virginia for its HQ2 locations. The Journal says Amazon will split the second headquarters (with as many as 25,000 people) between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighborhoods. The Journal also recently reported that Google plans to double its New York City staff of 7,000.

How closely is Alexa listening to you? And when? A judge is ordering Amazon to release recordings from an Echo in a New Hampshire double murder case. Prosecutors believe the Echo, which police seized after searching the house, may contain audio recordings of the attack. (The Business Insider)

An early voice (literally) of artificial intelligence has died. Douglas Rain, a Canadian Shakespearean actor who was the voice for HAL in ‘Space Odyssey,’ died Nov. 11 at a hospital in St. Marys, Ontario, outside Stratford, where he performed with a repertory company of the Stratford Festival. He was 90. The festival announced the death but did not offer a cause. The computer he gave a voice to in the Stanley Kubrick movie was HAL 9000. Rain was thought of as one of the finest classical stage performers in Canada. (Washington Post)

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