Write-Offs: 11.29.2011

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$$$S&P Ratings Recalibration Brings Cuts to 37 Banks [WSJ]

$$$Europe ramps up rescue fund, may turn to IMF [Reuters]

$$$ John Paulson's full apology [ValueWalk]

$$$Facebook Agrees to F.T.C. Settlement on Privacy [NYT]

$$$AT&T to Be Allowed to Pull T-Mobile Application [WSJ]

$$$ "Imagine Perez Hilton. Subtract twenty pounds. Make him white, and throw in an MBA. Replace the obsession with celebrities with the dealings of hedge funds, and their rival big banks. That's Wall Street." [Gawker]

$$$Businesses plan for possible end of euro [FT]

$$$ RBS was fined for confusing price and discount [ZH]

$$$Barney Frank Says Dodd-Frank Likely Safe Without Him [NYT]

$$$ Bloomberg kind of made up the whole "banks made $13 billion in profits from the Fed bailout" thing [FTAV]

$$$Who Might the Greenwich Lottery Winners Be Covering For? [Daily Intel]

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