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7:55 PM ET, July 17, 2017

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Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
UK government announces that porn websites will have to verify UK users are aged 18+ by April 2018; users may be asked to verify with credit card details  —  UK gov't brings in online porn watchdog to police site operators and force compliance.  —  The wobbly, squabbling, minority Tory government …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
US intel officials say UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatar News Agency and social media sites in late May to plant false statements, sparking regional crisis  —  The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity joins TYT Network, whose flagship show is The Young Turks, as head of programming  —  TYT Network, the online politics and entertainment news network, has hired Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity head of programming.
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Not all Republican lawmakers like Trump's fracas with the press, with some saying it is distracting from coverage of key issues like tax reform  —  “I love the media,” said the Freedom Caucus chairman.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC … You've read a lot about the Republican war on what Donald Trump calls fake news.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $2.79B, vs. $2.76B expected, and total streaming subs grew 5.2M to 104M, vs. 3.2M expected; stock up 10%+  —  Netflix added 5.2 million overall streaming subscribers in the second quarter of 2017, dramatically beating investor expectations for both U.S. and international growth.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press Association EIC Peter Clifton says the news org is not replacing reporters with robots, after being awarded near $1M to develop an automated news project  —  Press Association editor-in-chief Peter Clifton has said he is “certainly not replacing reporters with robots” …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Gannett's local news teams are helping USA Today expand the frequency and scale of its VR projects by collaborating on pieces, writing companion articles, more  —  “We have to remember that not only we as content creators are new to VR, but so is our audience.  For a lot of people, it's still very experiential."
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
How 126 fact-checking organizations in 49 countries use WhatsApp, Facebook Live, Twitter, automation, and forensic tools to find falsehoods and spread truth  —  This is a report on the fourth Global Fact-Checking Summit, which Michelle Ye Hee Lee of The Fact Checker attended.  —  MADRID — “Nos encanta la verdad.”
Discussion: @timothys and @omidyarnetwork
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump has only given one solo press conference during his six months as president  —  The last time President Donald Trump gave a solo press conference, Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser was only three days old.  James Comey was still in charge of the FBI …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Former Guardian Media Group and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall appointed as ITV CEO, starts on January 8  —  EasyJet boss to succeed Adam Crozier in early 2018, becoming broadcaster's first female chief executive  —  ITV has confirmed the appointment of Carolyn McCall as its first female chief executive.
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Digital Content Next, the trade body representing news outlets like the NYT and ABC, urges FCC to reconsider plans to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
WHCA President Jeff Mason confirms Politico's Tara Palmeri was the journalist whose reporting the White House asked the WHCA to criticize
Columbia Journalism Review:
Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris on the value of listening to interviewees and why he thinks it is a bad idea for interviewers to have a list of questions
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
OMGDigital, a 7-year-old media company for African youth, boasts over 90M monthly views and has raised $1.1M from Kima Ventures, Soma Capital, others
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Marty Kaiser / Poynter:
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BBC:
The BBC's Doctor Who casts its first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, succeeding Peter Capaldi, who will leave during the Christmas special episode