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Write-Offs: 03.08.11

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$$$ Judge Holwell read the names of dozens of people who will testify or be mentioned during the trial, and asked the group whether they had heard of any of them. The names mentioned included Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, who may be a witness for the prosecution. Not a single juror had heard of Blankfein, who testified before Congress last year about his firm’s role in the 2008 financial crisis. And the judge mispronounced Blankfein’s name. Instead of pronouncing the second syllable as “fine,” Holwell rhymed it with “bean.” [Bloomberg]

$$$Spitzer Flirts With Mayoral Bid [Politico]

$$$ Hedge Fund to Predict Markets Using Twitter [CNBC]

$$$ Billionaire Sons Aspire to Make Snowbound Niseko Asia's Aspen [Bloomberg]

$$$KKR Appoints Rosenberg to Head Global Real Estate [FINS]

$$$ Seventeen months after bringing charges in the largest insider-trading case in decades, the pressure is on the U.S. to prove its case against Mr. Rajaratnam. The trio of prosecutors, who sometimes lunch over Cuban sandwiches near the courthouse, are Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's go-to team for insider-trading cases. [WSJ]