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Dealbook, The Abridged Version (07.24.06)

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Wilson Sonsini and other Silicon Valley law firms scrutinized for role in options dating practices [legal]
Barnes & Noble too [legal]
NatWest 3 must remain in the US [legal]
FTA approves settlment with Take-Two [legal]
Two youngest Murdoch kids cut out from control of News Corp legal
Boston Communications settles patent suit for $55.3 million [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Giant HCA LBO: ?
AMD + ATI Technologies
AT&T + BellSouth: ?
Fiat and Credit Agricole in financing joint venture
Hokuetsu Paper Mills + Oji Paper
Wolseley + DT Grou Addax Petroleum
News Corp + Turkish Huzur Radyo TV
New York Observer in talks with Charles Kushner
Mama Group bids on Sanctuary Group
KKR + PagesJaunes
Amvescap + W. L. Ross & Company
Exco Resources + the natural gas businesses of Progress Energy
For Sale:
BOC Edwards LINK
Kate SpadeLINK
Philips Electronics’s semiconductor division LINK
Emap sale in trouble over London rents LINK
North American Energy LINK
Quimonda LINK
Money Raising:
$37Partners grabs cash and Jeff Bezos LINK
Bay Area companies take in $2.24b from venture capitalists in Q2 LINK
New Enterprise Associates closes a new $2.5 billion fund LINK
Sequans Communications takes in $24 million, tripling its funding LINK
J.P. Morgan’s Andrew Brindle to UK hedge fund LINK
Skype founders plot secret “Venice Project” LINK
Consortium of start-ups look to open source management software LINK
CompassCare shuts down LINK
Buyout boom has buyout shops bidding on unexpected deals LINK
M&A deals grow while premiums shrink LINK
Ghosn makes noises to reassure Motor City LINK
Steve Case is just like the rest of us: has doubts about Time Warner & AOL merger LINK