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  • MWW will be PR AOR for Lapolla Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of “polyurethane foam insulation, reflective roof coatings and equipment” designed to reduce energy consumption. MWW will primarily handle media relations to spread awareness of the brand’s eco-friendly building materials. Lapolla already has some big-name backers: the company was one of those selected to participate in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and recently signed Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover as a spokesperson. (No word from Vanilla Ice.)

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A Collection of 18 Statements on the New York City Ebola Case

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There’s really no way you could have missed today’s biggest news: a doctor who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus after returning to his home in Manhattan.

After the news broke, a flurry of official responses were issued by every entity from the hospital where Doctor Craig Spencer worked to the bowling alley he visited on Wednesday night before he came down with symptoms.

This is a very serious matter despite the many jokes that filled our Twitter feed last night and this morning. But reviewing all these disparate statements (some formal, some anything but) makes for an excellent case study in uncoordinated responses to a major crisis.

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The Ticker: Ebola Hits New York; Blogger Myths; Don’t ‘Engage’ Me; And More

CNN Spins Its Breakup with Dish Network

CNN failThe year was like, 1980. 

Jimmy Carter was president and awaiting a defeat at the hands of this actor fellow from California. Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state causing $3 billion in damages. John Lennon died in New York City. Blondie was at the top of the charts. Movember found a hero in ‘Magnum P.I.’ And gas was one dollar and eight cents a gallon!

It was also the year the mustachioed Ted Turner decided that what America needed was 24 hours of news. He invested $20 million into the launch of The Cable News Network and the rest is history. Today, people could care less and one satellite network has even decided its consumers don’t care at all…so they dropped CNN from its packages.

That was CNN. 

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The Ticker: Keyword Research; Edelman Brandshare; Decoding Client Jargon; And More

Cision Acquires Gorkana

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You’ve probably already heard via every industry pub this morning that Cision, which announced its merger with Vocus back in June and told us this month that its new headquarters will be in Chicago, has acquired Gorkana via its parent company Discovery Group Holdings.

The most important things we know about Gorkana are that they interview cool people in the industry and that their employees are nice enough to attend our ad blog parties (and talk to us when no one else will).

Discovery Group clearly wants to be your one-stop shop for PR tech. So what does the company’s acquisition of “a top U.K.-based media intelligence and data insights service provider” mean to PR professionals?

Cision CEO Peter Granat will give us more information on the company’s current status in an interview next week; for now, he has some details on the aquisition.

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The Ticker: PR Council Strategy; RIP Ben Bradlee; Media Coverage Tips; And More

Fashion and PR Celebrate the Life of Oscar de la Renta

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Last night, the fashion world suffered a major blow with the death of Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer turned celebrity in his own right, who lost his longtime battle with cancer at the age of 82.

While every major media outlet has run retrospectives on the man and his career, his company’s communications team has been quietly respectful. This morning Erika Bearman (aka OscarPRGirl) posted the above photo on Instagram and linked to the company’s home page, which featured a handwritten note from his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen (who serve as the company’s executive VP and CEO).

Full letter after the jump.

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The Ticker: Oscar de la Renta Dies; Dish Drops Turner; Staples Breach; And More

Gawker Clarifies on Tweets by Writers

gawker-logoHere’s what we know about #Gamergate: people mention it on Twitter a lot. The root of the story concerns alleged ethical transgressions by a blog that covers video games, but the tag quickly devolved into a large group of anonymous (male) people wishing violence on women.

Last week, the guy behind the hashtag admitted to BuzzFeed that it was all about a recent breakup and said that, while he regrets certain “outcomes,” he would do it again.

On Thursday, Sam Biddle of Gawker’s Valleywag made a joke about the story that lead to an internal memo from editor Joel Johnson in which he effectively warned writers to be careful about what they tweet.

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