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Media Navel Gaze: September 8, 2014

Mark Kollar  Follow

The Week Unpeeled

Geopolitics dominated headlines in a news-filled week as tensions escalated overseas with ISIS beheading a second US journalist and President Obama promising a long-term fight against the extremist group, while NATO leaders met in Wales to discuss sanctions on Moscow amid a supposed truce between Russia and the Ukraine.


  • Alibaba continued to prepare for its IPO, with recent filings valuing the company at $155 billion, one of the largest in the US;
  • The US jobs report showed employers added about 142,000 to their payroll in August, making it one of the slowest months of the year;
  • Hackers continued to make news, breaking into Web sites and stealing data, with one of the latest breaches at the federal health site;
  • Michael Bloomberg will retake control Bloomberg;
  • Speculation increased that Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor, may work at Vanity Fair;
  • Katharine Weymouth, the publisher and last of the ruling Graham family, is stepping down from The Washington Post post acquisition of the newspaper by Jeff Bezos of Amazon;
  • Brooklyn-based Vice Media is getting bigger with a VC investment, its second cash infusion in recent weeks;
  • The NFL will begin Thursday night football weekly this week;
  • A 65-ton dinosaur was discovered in Argentina;
  • Brangelina happened; and
  • Sadly, the red carpet got a bit safer and certainly a lot duller. End of Story

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