1. US officials said early Wednesday that the video released by ISIS militants on Tuesday showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff is real. The video was made public two weeks after ISIS extremists beheaded journalist James Foley, who had been covering the war in Syria.
Steven Sotloff beheading video is authentic, President Obama says http://t.co/GupoFxj7R7— ABC News (@ABC) September 3, 2014
2. Apple pushed back on Tuesday after widespread reports that hackers accessed nude photos of celebrities through a bug in iCloud, saying its online storage systems were not breached.
The incident is threatening to overshadow the company’s planned September 9 launch event, at which observers believe Apple will unveil new versions of the iPhone and a possible wearable device.
Apple’s stock price has held steady despite the widespread attention the incident has received.
3. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told Forbes’ Russian edition that the country will consider ending its contract with Ketchum when it expires, saying, "Communications services are mostly useless now." He added, "When you have unabashed propaganda coming from the US and NATO countries, the usual laws of communication and information do not apply," according to a translation picked up by BuzzFeed.
Wow Russia may drop its US PR firm http://t.co/D7V7ffYWIF— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) September 2, 2014
4. CVS will stop selling tobacco products in its stores on Wednesday and launch a smoking-cessation program for customers. The pharmacy chain announced it would cut off tobacco products to wide acclaim in February.
Today is the day! Tobacco products are no longer available at CVS for #OneGoodReason-your health. What’s your reason to live tobacco free?— CVS/pharmacy (@CVS_Extra) September 3, 2014
5. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and marketing agency ThinkJam apologized on Tuesday for promoting the DVD release of the first season of Sleepy Hollow with a campaign called Headless Day. The initiative took place the same day ISIS militants released video footage of the beheading of journalist Steve Sotloff.
'Sleepy Hollow' -- Show Apologizes for 'Headless' Campaign as New ISIS Video Released http://t.co/WpFYhRykSn— TMZ (@TMZ) September 2, 2014
6. Paramount’s top marketer, Josh Greenstein, is leaving the company for the head marketing job at Sony Pictures. Paramount has promoted three staffers from within in an effort to replace the former CMO.
7. The New York Police Department is putting its officers through social media training after the failed #MyNYPD campaign in April and other embarrassing incidents. The key point of the first session: "Use common sense."
To protect, serve, and tweet appropriately. NYPD Is Sending Its Officers to Social Media Class http://t.co/dSXO4qxywP— Shane Creevy (@shanecreevy) September 3, 2014
8. Home Depot is investigating the potential breach of credit-card and debit-card information, the home-improvement chain said Tuesday. Reports have warned that the breach could extend across all of the company’s US stores.
Home Depot Investigates a Possible Data Breach http://t.co/Zahfa6cEpW— NYT Business (@nytimesbusiness) September 2, 2014
9. Malaysia Airlines is receiving criticism for its Ultimate Bucket List promotion, launched on Monday. Critics contend the campaign was ill conceived in the wake of the airline losing two planes this year, MH370 in March and MH17 over Ukraine in July.
Umm, they *do* know what "bucket list" means, right? | Malaysia Airlines launches 'Bucket List' contest http://t.co/uqspmwviIg— Nancy Yang (@n_yang) September 3, 2014