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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS | WaPo Publisher Out

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS (TVNewser)
Two weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group. FishbowlDC “This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday afternoon. Earnest went on to say, “I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point since I obviously just walked out here. If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.” ABC News In a new video, which appeared online Tuesday, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” Later the video then cuts to the militant who says, “I’m back, Obama. I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State [ISIS].” Politico Sotloff, 31, grew up in Florida and was a freelance journalist, having worked for publications like Time magazine and Foreign Policy. He was taken hostage while reporting in Syria last year. WSJ The Islamic State video also showed a man identified as Briton David Cawthorne Haines. He is kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit as the militant threatens to kill him next. A U.S. official said there is no reason to believe the video isn’t authentic. USA Today The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a video appearing to show the beheading of Sotloff is genuine.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Time Warner Plays Defense | Netflix Hits 50 Million Subscribers

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Time Warner Cancels Shareholders’ Ability to Call Special Board Meeting, Guards Against Fox Acquisition (NYT / DealBook)
Time Warner is playing defense. On Monday, the company amended its corporate bylaws and removed a provision that allowed shareholders to call a special board meeting. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Time Warner said the change was effective immediately. Variety The media company’s board approved a measure to temporarily prevent a fraction of shareholders, some 15 percent, from forcing a vote on 21st Century Fox’s $85 per-share offer, according to public filings. The so-called special meeting provision may be re-instated at the company’s 2015 shareholders meeting. Deadline Hollywood The fear was that Rupert Murdoch — or anyone — could have tried to stampede short-term investors into accepting a deal even if the board concluded that it would not serve their long-term interests. Time Warner shares were down 1.6 percent in post-market trading following disclosure of the change. THR Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has bid about $80 billion to acquire Time Warner, but Time Warner’s board and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes have rejected the proposal. Some analysts predict that 21st Century Fox will eventually offer $100 a share for Time Warner. The conglomerate’s stock has climbed 23 percent in the past week on such speculation, and Monday it closed at $87.36. TVNewser People familiar with the original $80 billion proposal that was rejected said if 21st Century Fox took over Time Warner, it would sell CNN to prevent antitrust issues stemming from Fox News and CNN’s direct competitor relationship.

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Slate Names Dan Kois Culture Editor

Dan Kois GSlate has named Dan Kois its new culture editor. Kois, a senior editor at Slate, was most recently editor of the site’s Book Review section. He is also a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

As the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, Kois has plenty of pop culture chops. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Awl, Oxford American and Television Without Pity.

Julia Turner, Slate’s new editor-in-chief, announced Kois’ appointment on Twitter.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

LeBronSI1) Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record with LeBron James Essay

2) LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

3) Newspaper Reporter Listed as ‘Endangered Job’

4) David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

5) Oprah Will Send You a Birthday Card for $200

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Morning Media Newsfeed: World Cup Sets Ratings Records | Plotz Resigns From Slate

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World Cup Shatters Facebook Engagement Records (LostRemote)
The World Cup set single-event Facebook engagement records within the tournament’s first week. Now, with the tournament over, it is official: the 2014 World Cup is the most talked-about event in Facebook history. From June 12-July 13, 350 million people generated 3 billion World Cup-related interactions. AllFacebook These numbers make the 2014 World Cup the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history. The tournament’s final match, which resulted in 280 million interactions from 88 million users, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history. Capital New York All told, 26.5 million people watched the match Sunday via either ABC or Univision, making it the most-watched men’s World Cup final ever. ABC drew an average of 17.3 million viewers according to Nielsen Fast National ratings, the best numbers ever for a World Cup final, and the third best for any World Cup game. The two games that beat it were U.S.-Portugal from earlier in this year’s tournament (18.2 million viewers), and the 1999 Women’s final between the U.S. and China (17.9 million viewers). Deadline Hollywood Both ABC/ESPN and Univision had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39 percent in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96 percent over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34 percent from its total audience from 2010. Variety The combined 26.5 million for Germany’s 1-0 victory is a larger audience than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million), and also tops the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

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David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

David Plotz, who has been with Slate since the site launched in 1996, is stepping aside. Plotz had served as Slate’s editor since 2008. In a note, Plotz said he’ll remain an editor-at-large and continue to contribute to Slate’s Political Gabfest.

“But today, after 18 of the happiest, most satisfying years any journalist could ever have, I am stepping down as Slate’s editor,” wrote Plotz. “I’m not leaving for any secret reason. Maybe it’s the rule of six: Mike [Kinsley] edited Slate for six years. Jacob [Weisberg] edited Slate for six years. I’ve been editing Slate for six years, and I’m ready to try something new.”

Julia Turner will succeed Plotz as Slate’s editor.

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Et Tu, Journalists Who Wrote That Bogus George Clooney Item?

As we reported Wednesday, George Clooney rarely calls out the media. But when he does, be it over a 2013 item about the delayed release of Monuments Men or a 2014 item about his future wife, it’s duly noted.

With criticism of the Daily Mail continuing for a piece that has since been deleted (a Slate op-ed by Will Oremus for example is headlined “George Clooney is Right About the Daily Mail“), we wondered about the reporters caught in the middle.

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The single source for the article is a “Lebanese friend of the [Alamuddin] family in London” (also later identified by the Mail as a “reputable and trusted freelance journalist”). The byline lists as authors Hannah Roberts, a freelance journalist in Rome, and Sara Nathan, New York-geo-tagged showbiz editor-at-large for MailOnline US. Although there is no sign of an apology on either writer’s Twitter feed, Roberts has been silent there since this Clooney business broke. Nathan, at her end, has moved on to other topics like the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Slate Launches Paid Membership Plan

Slate Plus, the paid membership from Slate, is officially live. The first thing you should know about Slate Plus is that it’s not a paywall. The site will remain completely free. You won’t be asked to pay up once you read a certain number of articles. Slate Plus is — like the name suggests — Slate, but with more.

Readers can pay $5 a month or $50 a year for Slate Plus, which offers ad-free podcasts, non-paginated articles, an improved commenting system, access to Slate events and more.

We think Slate Plus is a great idea. It’s not going to alienate anyone who normally would read the site, like paywalls sometimes do. Instead, Slate is simply taking advantage of those who are open to paying for an upgraded experience.

“Are we asking you for money? Yes! We’re asking Slate Plus members to pay us $5 a month or $50 a year to gain access to a richer, smoother Slate experience,” wrote Slate’s editor, David Plotz. “We at Slate have always prided ourselves in experimenting with new kinds of journalism. It’s been equally important to us to experiment with new business models for journalism.”

Interested in Slate Plus? You can try it free for 14 days.

Slate Editor: Please God, Let James Franco Just Be a Creep

As we head into the weekend on the wings of James Franco‘s Live with Kelly and Michael Mea Culpa, FishbowlNY wanted to highlight a favorite bit of media reaction to all this. In case you missed.

Picking up on the suggestion by colleagues that the actor’s Instagram contretemps has some very convenient resonance with Franco’s upcoming theatrical release Palo Alto, Slate assistant editor Katy Waldman posits the equivalent of Dear God… no:

If Franco’s Instagram flirtation is performance, it is deeply, deeply tired. Can celebrities ever really achieve authenticity? Is all the world a stage? What is the value/cost of testing the edges of romantic convention, in a knowing way, for art? What is art? Who am I? God, JF, you were so much more tolerable as the poufy-lipped nothingvillain in Spider-Man.

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