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Write-Offs: 09.17.07

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$$$ Our weekly M&A round-up finds that after gradually slipping over the past two-and-a-half months, with occasional flurries of big-deal excitement, last week's quiet merger-and-acquisition market officially left the stratospheric first half behind. The 36 deals with a total value of $3.36 billion were a new low for the year. []
$$$ Was the supposed war between Erin Burnett and Maria Bartiromo cooked-up by Erin’s agent?
[Daily News]
$$$ Carney versus Gasparino on CNBC’s On The Money tonight. The topic: Biz school vs. Hedge Funds.
$$$ Bess Levin returns from her assignment in San Francisco tomorrow!
$$$Mutual funds versus hedge funds, Mac vs. PC style, with reader favorite Tim Sykes.
[MSN Money]
$$$Fake Tom Perkins blogs: “I may be drunk on scotch but I can come up with better ideas for businesses to fund in my sleep than the TechCrunch 40.”
$$$ WallStrip’s Lindsay Campbell is watching her weight.