Write-Offs: 03.25.13

$$$ Dell Founder Said to Weigh Switching to Blackstone Offer [DealBook] $$$ Mortgage Securitizers Didn’t Know Housing Was Going Bust [WSJ] $$$ The case for Cypriot national equity [FTAV] $$$ BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF [Bloomberg] $$$ "Nestled in the shadow of the picturesque southern mountain range Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, home to Ireland’s three highest peaks, Kilgarvan is little more than a blink-and-you-miss-it blip on the busy road between the tourist towns of Killarney and Kenmare," but now you can drive drunk there [NYT] $$$ Sorry for today's technical difficulties. We expect things will be better tomorrow. If they're not, we'll probably be at Dealbroken, so check there too. $$$ Dudley gives first hints of slowing QE3 [FT] $$$ Bernanke Rejects Currency War Charges [WSJ] $$$ "Perhaps if we paid more money we’d have skilled associates." Instead you have bill padding. [DealBook] $$$ Tesla's Elon Musk tweets about big announcement for Thursday [CNET] $$$ "Hiring Richard Fuld is potentially so hazardous, he requires his own risk factor." [Overheard] $$$ The Most Expensive T-Shirt in New York City Costs $91,500.00 [The Awl]
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$$$Dell Founder Said to Weigh Switching to Blackstone Offer [DealBook]

$$$Mortgage Securitizers Didn’t Know Housing Was Going Bust [WSJ]

$$$The case for Cypriot national equity [FTAV]

$$$BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF [Bloomberg]

$$$ "Nestled in the shadow of the picturesque southern mountain range Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, home to Ireland’s three highest peaks, Kilgarvan is little more than a blink-and-you-miss-it blip on the busy road between the tourist towns of Killarney and Kenmare," but now you can drive drunk there [NYT]

$$$Sorry for today's technical difficulties. We expect things will be better tomorrow. If they're not, we'll probably be at Dealbroken, so check there too.

$$$Dudley gives first hints of slowing QE3 [FT]

$$$Bernanke Rejects Currency War Charges [WSJ]

$$$ "Perhaps if we paid more money we’d have skilled associates." Instead you have bill padding. [DealBook]

$$$Tesla's Elon Musk tweets about big announcement for Thursday [CNET]

$$$ "Hiring Richard Fuld is potentially so hazardous, he requires his own risk factor." [Overheard]

$$$The Most Expensive T-Shirt in New York City Costs $91,500.00 [The Awl]

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