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1:40 PM ET, September 2, 2014


 Top News: 
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Profile of Politico's founding CEO and new Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan  —  Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part …
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher, Fred Ryan selected as successor  —  In a note to her Washington Post colleagues of 17 years, Katharine Weymouth today announced the transition to a new Publisher and CEO.  She said, “The greatest honor of my life has been serving …
Jim Romenesko:
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth's farewell memo to staff  —  ‘The Post will be in excellent hands,’ says departing publisher Katharine Weymouth  —  Washington Post publisher's farewell note to staff:  —  From: Weymouth, Katharine  —  Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:00 AM
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch  —  NEW YORK — Bloomberg has hired Dave Weigel, a senior political reporter at Slate, for its new politics venture, which is being helmed by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.  —  The forthcoming Bloomberg Politics brand …
David Weigel / Slate:
Why I'm Leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics  —  This blog does not believe in lede-burying, so here you go: On Sept. 19 I'll be leaving Slate to work for Bloomberg Politics.  I'll be covering exactly what I cover now, but at a different address.  Slate's politics and policy coverage will fall …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Video released purportedly showing beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS  —  ISIS Reportedly Beheads A Second American Journalist  —  The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq has reportedly released a video showing the beheading of Steven Joel Sotloff, a U.S. journalist being held by the group.
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Hong Kong Newspaper Drops Democracy Advocate's Column  —  HONG KONG — A Hong Kong hedge fund manager who has rallied support from bankers and brokers for the city's pro-democracy movement said Tuesday that a leading business newspaper had dropped his long-running column.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
A look inside NYT Obituaries department with 1700 pre-written obits of famous figures on file  —  Obituaries for the Pre-Dead  —  If you can read this, then you are almost certainly pre-dead.  —  For my colleagues and me, the world cleaves, portmanteau-style, into two neat compartments: the dead and the pre-dead.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @ellenbarrynyt
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Mental Floss finds success in video with “The List Show” using star power of John Green  —  Mental Floss Is Buoyed by Online Video  —  For decades, magazine editors often relied on a handful of maxims to attract readers: Young is better than old.  Pretty is better than ugly.
Bertel King, Jr. / Android Police:
YouTube Fan Funding available in US, Japan, Mexico, Australia; Google to take 5%+ cut in US  —  YouTube Now Offers Fan Funding In Four Countries - Here's A Look At How It Works  —  YouTube thrives off the videos produced by independent content creators all over the world …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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