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Write-Offs: 01.22.08

$$$Deals: Oracle Jumpstarts Activity: In our M&A Roundup for the week ended Jan. 20, its $6.63-billion BEA purchase leads a week-to-week doubling of deal volume.
$$$The Jezebel Portfolio [Jezebel]
$$$ Way of the Muff [MM]
$$$ "The bigger the rate cut, the harder Wall Street falls in love with me"-- Ben Bernanke [NewsGroper]
$$$ "Less talking, more cleaning"-- SS [NG]
$$$ Man who sold Paul Tudor Jones II his Australian home is dead. [Gawker]
$$$ Headline of the day: Bush Optimistic on Package [Washington Post]