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11:55 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 …
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 …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Katharine Weymouth's resignation completes the close of the Graham era at the Washington Post
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 …
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: @peterlauria3 and @sfiegerman
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
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 …
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