Write-Offs: 06.06.12

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$$$Beige Book Notes Moderate Expansion Amid Uncertainty [WSJ]

$$$ECB Holds Rates Flat, for Now [WSJ]

$$$Europe weighs up limited Spanish rescue [FT]

$$$Texas Teachers Taking Alternative Investing To New Risks

$$$ Market-based predictions for Euro 2012 have a Germany v. Spain final [FTAV]

$$$Prospectus for Silicon Valley's Next Hot Tech IPO, Where Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong [McSweeney's]

$$$Wednesday morning’s testimony [in the Gupta trial] was uneventful, with the government using witnesses to introduce dozens of documents into evidence. As the court broke for lunch, Judge Rakoff described the session as “excruciating.” [DealBook]

$$$ A leading private equity investor and investment adviser in developing markets is looking for an associate in New York, focusing on Latin American investments [DBCC]

$$$Surprise! People Prefer Sex Over Mobile Phones: Poll [CNBC]

$$$TCW Beats 97% of Rivals Led by Gundlach With Housing: Mortgages [Bloomberg]

$$$In unusual lawsuit, CVR investors seek poison pill [Reuters]

$$$Romney Campaign Misspells Reagan [BuzzFeed]

$$$Can a Margarita in a Pouch Weather Bud's Margarita in a Can? [BBW]

$$$Dwarf actor group threatens '100 midget march' to protest normal-sized actors used in 'Snow White' [Fox]

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Write-Offs: 07.26.12

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