* Barry Ritholtz: 2008 bailout counter-factual
* Scott Olsen: HP clearly didn’t think Mark Hurd was the superstar everyone else made him out to be. Or else they would have kept him.
* Private equity moves into Ramallah
* Female entrepreneurs talk about making it big
* Paul Ceglia still says he owns Facebook. His latest evidence is a copy of a $3,000 cashier’s check made out to Mark Zuckerberg.
* Fun with Dodd-Frank: “US manufacturers are mounting a lobbying campaign over a provision slipped into the financial reform legislation requiring companies to declare products containing minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
* The NYC bed bug crisis has a new victim
* Ryan McBride: The state of Massachusetts’ $1 billion life sciences initiative
* Tweet of the Day: @moorehn Bberg worries that Deutsche Bank’s best candidate for CEO is Indian…but should INSTEAD worry that he’s an i-banker.
* I was on CNBC earlier this morning, discussing the M&A market with Andrew Ross Sorkin. Mostly Potash talk. Do wish I had given a better answer when asked if Chinese companies were showing signs of buying up U.S. targets. Specifically, I should have pointed out that there’s a big example this morning: