Some links to kick off your Friday:
*** Andrew Rickards is out as head of Asia for Providence Equity Partners, after just 15 months on the job.
*** VC-backed Blue Frog continues to slowly croak.
*** BCE investors are betting that the deal will go through, in part due to “nationalistic pride.” O Canada…
*** Seems Dow Jones’ Sasha Dai actually attended some panels while in Orlando (other than ours, of course). Here’s her report on China M&A trends.
*** Valleywag says that Google asked Doubleclick workers to sign a noncompete, and then fired them a week later. Well, at least those folks will have some extra time on their hands to ponder “do no evil.”
*** Google taps Frank Quattrone’s new firm to advise it on the Yahoo situation.
*** Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to go bust.
*** Some academia for you: The geography on block acquisitions: block_acquisitions.pdf