Pre-Marketing: BoA reaches mortgage settlement

Jun 29, 2011

* Bank of America agrees to $8.5 billion settlement on Countrywide mortgage claims

* Semil Shah: Is Google asking the wrong question with social?

* Fighting fraud in China: Make employees sign "pre-resignation letters"

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London rises early, the euro steadies and the Nikkei hits a 7-week high.

* Peter Cohan: Why start-ups matter

* Small violins: Bernie Madoff feels like a piñata

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* It's not the water: What makes New York bagels taste so good

* Scott Kirsner: VC firm turns portfolio company execs into scouts

* Bond Girl: New Jersey's credit line with JP Morgan is not that big a deal

* Thank you: Travel search start-up Hipmunk will identify which available flights are WiFi-enabled

* Mobile payment startup Square makes it official: $100 million in new VC funding at a $1 billion valuation

* The Cayman Islands and Cyprus face a potent rival when it comes to tax havens: Reuters: Cheyenne, Wyoming

* Tweet of the Day: @larryvc: When a #VC asks, "What is the use case?" - it means, "I don't really understand what you do."

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