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Obama: Foley Execution ‘Appalled’ the Entire World (TVNewser)
President Obama took the podium Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released Tuesday. The United States Wednesday morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die. FishbowlDC Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day… People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all broadcast Obama’s statement live. NYT Obama declared on Wednesday that the entire world was “appalled” by the videotaped beheading of Foley by Islamic militants, speaking as American warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq and the State Department asked the Pentagon to send as many as 300 more American troops to Iraq for security. Mashable Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. HuffPost Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemned the murder of journalist Foley in a statement on Wednesday. His murder should be treated as a war crime, according to Pruitt. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. He contributed to the GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, among other media outlets. TVNewser CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says Foley’s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

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Wired Adds Jessi Hempel, Promotes Mat Honan

wired_logoWired has hired Jessi Hempel and promoted Mat Honan to senior staff writer.

Hempel — who will be a senior staff writer covering the business side of technology at Wired — comes to Wired from Fortune, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked at Businessweek

“Wired is for people who care deeply about the future as it applies to their every day lives,” Hempel wrote about her new job. “Its opportunity and its obligation is to continue to stay ahead of its readers, and to bring them a deep understanding about where the world is moving and how technology gives it direction.”

Honan has been with Wired since 2012. He most recently served as a staff senior writer.

Hot 97′s Miss Info Among New York Observer Top 50 Media Bachelorettes

As we reported earlier in the week, The New York Observer has compiled a list of the 50 most eligible bachelorettes in media. 

Hot 97/WQHT’s Miss Info (a.k.a. Minya Oh). who hosts the Celebrity Drama Report, made the list.

“Not only is Miss Info the definitive source of celebrity news on-air for New Yorkers, she’s also a [trailblazer] in social media,” commented Lin Dai, VP of digital programming for Hot 97, “Over half a million people tune in to her monthly online to learn the latest in the world of celebrity and entertainment. We are extremely excited for her to receive such a prestigious recognition.”

To make the survey, the women must be held in specific regard within the media world, where Miss Info has continuously made her mark by spreading celebrity info & news on WQHT.

The one-time editor is also spreads news as a hip hop blogger.

Other “power bachelorettes” after the jump

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Fortune: Twitter Passed on $10 Billion

In next Monday’s issue of Fortune, Senior Writer Jessi Hempel takes a look at the internal struggles impacting Twitter, and reveals a company – despite huge potential – that appears to be going nowhere.

According to Hempel, the problem is that Twitter’s leadership is in a constant state of disarray. As company board member Peter Fenton explains, “The act of getting from there [the beginning of the site] to here was violent. We’ve had a revolving door of senior leaders who leave.”

But that’s not the biggest revelation from the piece. The part that caught our eyes was this:

Last fall Microsoft, Google, and Facebook itself all considered buying the company. Microsoft never made an offer, according to sources, but Facebook is believed to have offered $2 billion for Twitter, and Google, by far the most serious, offered as much as $10 billion.

That’s right, Twitter turned down a $10 billion deal. Not million, billion! It’s hard to believe the company will ever get an offer like that again. But hey, look at that semi-annoying tweet Ashton Kutcher just wrote! That’s what the site is all about, not making tons of money. Right?