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12:15 PM 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 …
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 …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Katharine Weymouth's resignation completes the close of the Graham era at the Washington Post
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Wants to Beef Up Its Business News  —  Everyone knows that BuzzFeed does lists and quizzes and videos you like to click on and share.  Some people know that BuzzFeed also does reporting from far-flung places, and some delicate, thoughtful features.  —  But not many people know that BuzzFeed also does business reporting.
Discussion: @moorehn, @peterlauria3 and @sfiegerman
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
The Guardian taps former Google exec to strengthen tech industry ties  —  As tech plays an increasingly important role in the news business, U.K. media company the Guardian has decided to open up its first office on the west coast.  —  It makes sense that the company would want to strengthen …
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 …
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?  —  The Steven Sotloff execution video, like the James Foley video before it, was made for you to see.  The stolen celebrity nude photos were never meant for you to see.  So should you?  —  To look or not to look, that is the question of this digital age.
Discussion: TIME
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.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Gracenote Acquires TV And Film Data Provider Baseline For $50 Million  —  It looks like new Gracenote CEO John Batter is already making a mark on the company he only officially joined yesterday.  Today the company is announcing that it's acquired Baseline, another provider of information …
Discussion: Variety, VentureBeat and PR Newswire
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Government oversight board asked to investigate whether surveillance compromises newsgathering  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 24 news organizations have asked the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to investigate whether journalists' confidential sources …
Discussion: @debgh and @ericnewton1
Andy / TorrentFreak:
UK government warns of legislative action if search engines don't stop linking to pirate sites  —  UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy  —  Developments over the past 12 months have sent the clearest message yet that the UK government is not only prepared to morally support …
 
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