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Dealbook, The Abridged Version (08.14.06)

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KPMG blames accounting oligopoly on PWC [legal]
Philip Morris sues tiny, native American rival [legal]
FCC inquiry into XM Radio FM signals [inquiry]
Defense lawyer argues evidence is slight in Coke theft case [legal]
Cinematic aspects to Comverse backdating case [backdating]
Liberty mutual is the first insurance company to fight Spitzer [legal]
Apple wants hearing with NASDAQ regulators [legal]
Prosecutors want Skilling to pay back co-conspirator ken Lay’s gains [crime]
No jail for Wal-Mart fraudster [fraud]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Ventana Medical Systems + Vision Systems
CommScope+ Andrew
Alinta + Thames Water: ?
Cleveland Browns + Aston Villa: ?
Cisco + Nuova Systems
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Alliance Atlantis Communications: Bidding
Two hedge funds call for sale of Ahold: For Sale?
Baugur to bid on House of Fraser: Bidding
Hedge fund shareholder in Signet rejects KKR bid: Bidding
Bain takes Applied Systems off hands of Vista Equity: LBO
IPOS stall in Q3: Offerings
UrAsia Energy goes public on London exchange: Offerings
Euro hotels going public: Offerings
Southern National Bancorp: Offerings
State owned Telestra headed for privatization? Offerings
MEDecision IPO: Offerings
Health South considers selling some units: Offerings
Ford Motor CreditFor Sale
Money Raising:
Zennos raises $5M $
Motricity gets $15M $$
VCs poured money into companies in Q2 2006: VCs
DE Shaw to offer traditional asset management: Hedge Funds
Slow exit by private equity shops: Private Equity
Lehman leading London electronic trading: LINK
Goldman fees lower: LINK
Bank of America closes in on Citigroup: LINK