Write-Offs: 02.23.12

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$$$Commerzbank CEO Slams Greek Bond Deal [WSJ]

$$$Blueprint for China to open up markets [FT]

$$$AIG posts huge 4th-quarter profit on tax benefit [Reuters]

$$$Berkshire Struggles With Being Ignored [WSJ]

$$$ UVA Murder Verdict Will Embolden Victims. Of murder? [Bloomberg]

$$$You have to go up the escalator or stairs. And across this walkway. And then down another flight of stairs. Then you're on the ground. Then you keep walking until you come to the door. Then you open the door. Then you cross the lobby. And then to the elevator. You have to go up to your floor in the elevator. Then you have to walk to your desk. Then you sit down in your chair. And then turn on your computer. And then open a web browser. And then navigate to Business Insider. And then you come to the worst part of this route. [BI]

$$$ Lloyd Blankfein should stay on as Goldman chairman to keep an eye on Gary Cohn [Breaking Views]

$$$Facebook's Top Cop: Joe Sullivan [Forbes]

$$$McDonald's to Offer France the McBaguette [WSJ]

$$$Pong Beer Capitalizes Off Beer Pong Craze [CNBC]

$$$Tooth Market Collapses [The Awl]

$$$ Iman Shumpert was going to jump over Jeremy Lin on a couch in the NBA slam dunk contest [Deadspin]

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