Write-Offs: 04.09.12

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$$$Facebook to Buy Instagram For $1 Billion [WSJ]

$$$ "[R]ight before its billion dollar acquisition from Facebook, Instagram closed a $50 million Series B round from Sequoia, Josh Kushner’s Thrive Capital, Greylock and Benchmark at a $500 million valuation. ... Investors, many of whom didn’t know about the Facebook acquisition, literally doubled their money (which was wired to Instagram last Thursday) overnight." [TC]

$$$Feds aim to sack former Bears QB Jim McMahon over bad bank loans [Chicago Sun-Times]

$$$ "JOBS Act won't mean mass marketing for hedge funds." Just a few discreet ads on Dealbreaker. [AR-Alpha]

$$$ John Mack: “You have to do what makes you passionate and turns you on. And this really turns me on.” "Selling women's shoes? [NYM]

$$$ Are you in business school and looking for a job? T. Rowe Price is looking for an MBA intern in its global investment services division [DBCC]

$$$What if the Sky Fell? [Bloomberg TV]

$$$Banks test ‘CDOs’ for trade finance [FT]

$$$Bank of America, Barclays Deny Illegal Acts Over Archstone [Bloomberg]

$$$ William Cohan thinks that an FDA for financial products is a silly idea; update your priors [Bloomberg, earlier]

$$$‘The Unchosen Ones,’ a proposed reality TV series, focuses on former Hasidic Jews [NYDN]

$$$The Jennifer Love Hewitt Handjob Hour Is The Funniest New Show On TV [Gawker]

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