By Dan Primack
May 16, 2011

* Never mind: Nasdaq and ICE pull their offer for NYSE Euronext

* Hey, why did option volume spike? Banks woo hedge funds with private peeks

* Ujala Sehgal: Why “diplomatic immunity” won’t protect IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn from sexual assault charges

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London opens weak on energy stocksEuropean shares fall on banks and the Nikkei keeps slipping.

* David Carr: How Drudge has stayed on top

* Full text: Steve Ballmer’s advice to USC grads

* Luke Timmerman: Will biotech ever again capture the public imagination?

* Joseph Walker: A new model for Silicon Valley VCs to track their investments

* As Americans begin paring back their consumer debt, Brazilians begin piling it on

* On the defensive: Carlyle Group co-founder hits back at critics of firm’s Chinese investments

* Ben Harrington: Do 3i Group’s latest earnings take it off the takeover watch list?

* Distressed diva: Lynn Tilton is among those allegedly swindled by Loretta Fredy Bush, founder of Xinhua Finance.

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