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8:00 AM ET, July 18, 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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bob Woodward has confirmed he's working on a Watergate-themed movie with actor Robert Redford who portrayed him in All The President's Men  —  Robert Redford (age 80) and Bob Woodward emerged last night from Avra Madison on 60th Street in New York City.  Redford played Woodward in the 1976 movie, “All the President's Men.”
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic promotes Deputy Editor Matt Thompson to executive editor; staff writer Adrienne LaFrance appointed editor of the magazine's site  —  The Atlantic announced today the promotions of Matt Thompson and Adrienne LaFrance to two of the company's top editorial positions.
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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.
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.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Streaming service fuboTV says it is adding Fusion TV to its entry-level fubo Premier bundle  —  Univision channel is part of $34.99 tier  —  Streaming service fuboTV said it was adding Fusion TV to its entry-level fubo Premier bundle.  —  Fubo, which emphasizes sports programming …
Ross Barkan / The Guardian:
The closure of the Baltimore City Paper is a reminder that declining revenues pose a far greater threat to the news industry than Donald Trump  —  mid the litany of laments over how Donald Trump's nearly-there or full-blown fascist White House is ending the free press as we know it …
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.
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  —  “In the West, Cracked, BuzzFeed, and Mashable had really picked up steam.  We couldn't relate to the contents; we didn't get the jokes.
 
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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
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
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
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Former Guardian Media Group and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall appointed as ITV CEO, starts on January 8
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
Marty Kaiser / Poynter:
Interview with Billy Penn's Chris Krewson on managing a news startup: focus on readers and how to solve their problems
BBC:
The BBC's Doctor Who casts its first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, succeeding Peter Capaldi, who will leave during the Christmas special episode