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Kidnapped Journalist, Apparently Executed by ISIS (NBC News)
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq. TVNewser In a gruesome video, James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist for Global Post, is apparently beheaded by ISIS militants. The militants claim they are also holding journalist Steven Soltoff. HuffPost The YouTube video and photos purportedly of Foley emerged on Tuesday. Titled “A Message to #America (from the #IslamicState),” the video identified a man on his knees as “James Wright Foley” and showed his beheading. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country,” an Islamic State militant says in the video, which has since been removed by YouTube. “As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State. You have plotted against us and have gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties among Muslims.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Foley disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video. NYT In Washington, a National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said in a statement: “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist,” she said, using an alternative name for ISIS.

Condé Nast to Sell Fairchild Fashion Media for $100 Million (NYT)
Condé Nast announced on Tuesday the sale of Fairchild Fashion Media, a group of trade publications including Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media. The sale price was about $100 million, according to a person briefed on the deal. FishbowlNY Also in the mix would be men’s quarterly M. Earlier this year, Jim Windolf joined that publication as editor. Capital New York Fairchild’s consumer brands, and NowManifest, an ad sales network for popular fashion blogs, will remain a part of Condé Nast. The publisher has been in reorganization mode as of late. Last week, it spun off Lucky magazine as a joint venture with the Web retailer BeachMint. Adweek Existing Fairchild staffers will move to Penske when the deal closes next month, but Condé did not specify whether any employees would be expected to relocate to Penske’s Los Angeles headquarters. Penske Media owns upwards of 20 media brands, including, HollywoodLife and Variety, which it purchased early last year.

Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe (FishbowlDC)
David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, was named SVP of policy and strategy for Uber Tuesday. TVNewser Plouffe will be in charge of global branding, communications and policy at the app-based car-for-hire company. Politico Plouffe will commute for now but will move to San Francisco with his wife, Olivia Morgan, and their two children in summer 2015. Plouffe, who has been advising major technology and communications companies since leaving the West Wing after Obama’s reelection, said in an interview that the new job is analogous to his role as Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and then White House senior adviser. WSJ / Digits The role is a crucial one for Uber, a four-year-old company that is tangling with lawmakers, state and local regulators, and city taxi commissions in dozens of cities around the world, where the legal status of ride-sharing apps is still unclear. Plouffe’s experience on the campaign trail, and his role as Obama’s top adviser from 2011 to 2013, could also help Uber improve its image. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s sharp-tongued CEO, has come under fire recently for speaking his mind in interviews and sparring with critics on Twitter. FishbowlDC Shortly after yesterday’s announcement, Plouffe and Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s Street Smart. Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg TV correspondent, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.