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Write-Offs: 08.07.14

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$$$Argentina Sues U.S. in International Court of Justice Over Debt Dispute [WSJ]

$$$Owner of Lingerie Chain Agent Provocateur Said to Hire Goldman to Run a Sale [Dealbook]

$$$ He sprayed a giant, white “AIG Sucks” on a six-foot by four-foot blue background. Over the first two letters of Sucks, Hancock painted a red “Ro,” spelling out “Rocks” and revealing on canvas the aspirations that would occupy the next years of his life. [Bloomberg]

$$$Start-Ups Seize Marijuana Opportunities as Big Companies Hold Back [NYT]

$$$Study: Most Sexting Occurs On Tuesdays Between 10 a.m. and Noon [BetaBeat]

$$$Blackstone, KKR, TPG to Pay Combined $325 Million to Settle 'Club Deals' Lawsuit [WSJ]

$$$Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteinian tufts. He says his main interest is indeed physics, though when he got to Stanford University he majored in computer science because “I already knew a lot about physics.” His T-shirt reads “make something people want,” the slogan of Y Combinator, the accelerator he runs. In exchange for 7 percent equity, it hands out $120,000 and three months of Wi-Fi, coffee, parking, and free advice to brand-new startups. Airbnb and Dropbox are a couple of its successes. Asked why people think Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs are such jerks, Altman finishes an apricot, twists some hair between his fingers, and says, “It’s not helped by the large number of arrogant f-‍-‍-s in Silicon Valley.” [BusinessWeek]

$$$Metta World Peace...intends to change his name to "Panda Friend" in honor of his move to China [CD]


Write-Offs: 05.22.12

$$$ EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO [BI / Henry Blodget] $$$ "A senior Nasdaq Stock Market official told customers Tuesday afternoon that it would have pulled the plug on Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering had it known the full extent of the technical problems that plagued its systems." [WSJ] $$$ Occupy Wall Street Alternative Banking Group Files Amicus Brief on Side of Judge Rakoff in SEC v. Citigroup; the brief is very clever [NC] $$$ A former high frequency trader proposes eliminating the subpenny rule [Chris Stucchio] $$$ Auction of Reagan's Blood Sparks Outrage [Reuters] $$$ Prudential Capital is looking for an investment associate in Chicago/Minneapolis [DBCC] $$$ At Hearing, Regulators Discuss JPMorgan Investigation [DealBook] $$$ Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage [NYT] $$$ Disclosure by Short-Sellers Would Improve Market Clarity [DealBook / Steven Davidoff] $$$ "A Silicon Valley tech executive faces charges after authorities say he put fake bar codes on hundreds of Lego sets at various Target stores so he could buy the toys at steeply discounted prices, then sell them online for thousands of dollars in profits." [AP]

Write-Offs: 2.5.15

One of Buffett's top managers made a lot of money today; After being taken into custody for allegedly shooting his hedge fund manager dad, Thomas Gilbert Jr. "scarfed down two slices of pizza, an Egg McMuffin, an apple and a sandwich"; Germany still has no love for Greece; Coke use makes it hard to learn from your mistakes; AND MORE.