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10:05 AM ET, September 3, 2014

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Associated Press:
US Says Sotloff Beheading Video Is Authentic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic.  —  Islamic State extremists released the video showing Sotloff's beheading on Tuesday.
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff had dual US-Israeli citizenship  —  Journalist kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State militants managed to hide his second nationality during his captivity  —  Steven Sotloff, the kidnapped journalist beheaded by Islamic State, was a dual Israeli-US citizen …
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
The Stories Steven Sotloff Told  —  On the work of the American journalist reportedly murdered by ISIS  —  “The civilians of Aleppo are trapped in a violent stalemate, left to endure a war whose suffering and hardships grow larger with every passing day.  Though NATO Secretary-General …
The Wire:
ISIL Has Reportedly Beheaded Journalist Steven Sotloff  —  ISIL has released a second video allegedly showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff, according to SITE Intelligence Group.  The terrorist group had previously claimed Sotloff would be killed if the U.S. continued to attack in Iraq in a video released Aug. 19.
Rob Crilly / Al Jazeera America:
Islamic State's execution videos are sly propaganda written in blood  —  Analysis: The made-for-media ritual murder of Steven Sotloff is designed to send a series of carefully crafted messages  —  The condemned man kneels in an orange jumpsuit, just like before.
Washington Post:
New Post publisher: Strong Washington ties and longtime interest in the news business  —  Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos is replacing publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico.
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Harry Jaffe / Washingtonian:
Bezos's replacement for Weymouth as publisher at the Post is an old-school organization man in a digital age.  —  Bezos's replacement for Weymouth as publisher at the Post is an old-school organization man in a digital age.  —  When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher
John McDermott / Digiday:
After public setbacks, the future of Gawker's Kinja platform unclear  —  Gawker's push to make Kinja the quintessential platform-publisher hybrid has taken a slight step backward: Playboy has stopped publishing its “safe for work” stories to its Kinja account PlayboySFW.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
Comcast bets on hyper-local by reviving EveryBlock  —  The cable giant Comcast is reviving the once-future of local online news, announcing on its corporate blog that it has expanded its relaunch of the news and social site EveryBlock to include its home city of Philadelphia …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL's Brand CEO Susan Lyne Stepping Down to Run Women-Focused Fund for Company  —  Susan Lyne, the longtime media exec who has been CEO of AOL's brand group from early 2013, is stepping down from that role to run a venture fund inside the New York-based media company aimed at women-led digital startups.
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Associated Content Founder Luke Beatty Is Now In Charge Of AOL's Tech Blogs (Including This One)
Discussion: @mjmanos
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Reddit unveils its first mobile app for Ask Me Anything (AMA) interviews on iOS  —  Reddit to Launch Mobile App for AMAs (Exclusive)  —  Reddit has made its long-awaited entry into the mobile app category with one devoted to its most popular attraction, the Ask Me Anything (AMA) interviews.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Time Warner's Warner Bros. Studio plans buyouts and possible layoffs to boost profit  —  Warner Bros. Studio Said Planning Buyouts to Boost Profit  —  Time Warner Inc. (TWX)'s Warner Bros. unit plans to offer buyouts to an unspecified number of workers as part of a drive to increase profit …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Scott Trust to discuss Guardian joining new IPSO press regulator today as time runs out for the PCC  —  The owner of Guardian News and Media, the Scott Trust, is meeting today to discuss regulation ahead of the launch of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) on Monday.
Publishers Weekly:
Barnes & Noble testing print-on-demand Book Espresso Machines at 3 stores  —  B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines  —  Barnes & Noble is the latest bricks-and-mortar bookselling operation to become involved with the Espresso Book Machine.  The country's largest bookstore chain recently began …
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 …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch
 
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