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* Steve Rattner took the fifth

* KKR backs off CAA investment: “The town is too complex for me.”

* Om Malik: Google’s purchase of Slide “shows that Google not only has no idea what to do about social, but actually lacks the imagination to even think of anything worthwhile on its own.”

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London stays static, European shares edge higher and the Nikkei climbs 1.7%.

* The SEC gets set to open up the proxy process

* Brad Feld: How I think about seed investing as a VC

* John Patrick Pullen: How Mafia Wars can fix the media

* Keith Hennessey: How Obamanomics really compares to Clintonomics

* Tweet of the Day: @timcarville If Barnes & Noble winds up on the auction block, I plan to go to the sale, pretend I’m interested in buying it, use the bathroom, and leave.

* Tesla’s losses continue to climb (kind of like Tesla suggested they would)

* This Week in Venture Capital, with yours truly as guest:

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  • > This Week in Venture Capital, with yours truly as guest:

    Dan: you should talk to Suster and be a regular on this show (at least once a quarter for an
    update in PE deals). The CNBC interviews you do, although good for a larger audience,
    always seem so thin and quick – this type of format (online) allows for a lot more depth and
    is much more interesting.

    Thanks for the pointer and doing the show.

    BTW: The “Facebook Movie” trailer they talk about in the end of the show is here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkYEC-UfTo

    The soundtrack underlying it is “Creep” by Radiohead done by Scala, a Belgian girls choir.
    Don’t know if they are unsubtly saying Mark Z. is a “creep” as well but the lyrics to the song
    fit the whole Facebook thing so well.

  • [...] Could Barnes & Noble be going private? First Hugh Hefner, now Barnes & Noble? It seems the publishing world is full of companies tired of trading on the stock exchange. The LA Times reports that going private would save the company $55 million in dividends which it could use to focus on its digital investments such as its Nook e-reader. Meanwhile, Daily Show writer Tim Carvell wryly encapsulated the company’s business problems in a single tweet: “If Barnes & Noble winds up on the auction block, I plan to go to the sale, pretend I’m interested in buying it, use the bathroom, and leave,” he wrote (via peHUB). [...]

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