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9:50 PM ET, January 18, 2016


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Freed reporter Jason Rezaian meets with his Washington Post editors in Germany  —  Freed Americans reunited with their families  —  LANDSTUHL, Germany — Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was freed Saturday after almost 18 months of incarceration in an Iranian prison …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Washington Post editors Martin Baron and Douglas Jehl traveled to Germany to meet freed reporter Jason Rezaian on his way home  —  Jason Rezaian is on his way home  —  Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian is free from Iranian custody and on the way to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Iran tried to stop Jason Rezaian's wife leaving the country with him, according to his brother  —  Jason Rezaian's brother: Iranians ‘continued to manipulate’ until very end  —  Jason Rezaian's departure from Iran, after 545 days behind bars, was delayed when Iranian officials tried to stop his wife …
Washington Post:
Freeing a reporter: Secret diplomatic talks and private back channels
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos calls NBC's audience projections remarkably inaccurate and irrelevant because Netflix does not rely on advertisers  —  Netflix's Ted Sarandos Reacts to NBC Outing His Ratings: “Remarkably Inaccurate Data”  —  “I hope they didn't spend any money on it.”
Wall Street Journal:
As Netflix expands globally, local and regional rivals discuss banding together to outbid it on content rights
Discussion: @whatthebit
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: Republican National Committee officially replaces NBC with CNN for February presidential debate in Texas  —  RNC officially severs ties with NBC for February debate  —  The Republican National Committee officially severed ties on Monday with NBC for what was supposed to be a Feb. 26 Republican primary debate in Houston.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Reporters Committee, Bloomberg, others object to bankruptcy judge's order that 100+ people disclose all contacts with Bloomberg reporters in last 60 days  —  Reporters Committee leads coalition objecting to bankruptcy court investigation of Bloomberg sources
Facebook allocates €1M to NGOs and launches Initiative for Civil Courage Online, a Europe-wide campaign against extremist posts on social media  —  Facebook begins Europe-wide campaign against extremist posts  —  Facebook Inc (FB.O) began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday …
Discussion: Mediaite and VatorNews
Samia Errazzouki / Associated Press:
Moroccan journalist is released after 10 months in prison  —  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan investigative journalist was released from prison Sunday after serving a 10-month sentence for adultery in a case that rights groups described as politically driven.
Discussion: @lailalalami
James Warren / Poynter:
Interview with Steve Brill, co-founder of Press Plus, the company that helped newspapers with paywalls and meters, on paying for journalism, new media, and more  —  Newspaper bosses ‘paralyzed’ by change, clueless about paid content, says Steve Brill  —  A stumbling newspaper industry …
Discussion: @edmundogs and @mccarthyryanj
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Sean Penn says he's ‘sad about the state of journalism’ in ‘60 Minutes’ interview  —  Charlie Rose, left, with actor Sean Penn during an interview in Santa Monica about Penn's meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  The interview aired Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
AOL considering changes to its brand, including a name change, to better reflect properties like Huffington Post, TechCrunch, ad platforms, CMO Allie Kline says  —  AOL's identity crisis: The company may ditch the ‘AOL’ brand  —  Verizon-owned AOL has an image problem.
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