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Cofee* TARP for Dummies

* Private equity firms continue to scale back in Asia.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, European shares rise on buoyant oil, the Nikkei dips slightly and Hong Kong closes down 2.1 percent.

* William Greider: Obama’s New Monopoly Set.

* Dear AIG, I quit.

* The Geithner Put: Part I and Part II

* Corporate venture vs. corporate innovation strategy.

* Vikrant Raina of Boston Ventures: “The private equity industry will shrink dramatically in the next five years.”

* Top candidate to manage TARP has bailed out.

* Felix looks at the companies with the most cash on hand, and those with the least.

* Fast Money crew: Are private equity stocks about to stage a comeback?