Pre-Marketing 9.28.10

September 28, 2010, 3:25 PM UTC

* Scott Kirsner: The farmer and the robot can be friends

* Coming soon to a courtroom near you: More investment bank  prosecutions

* South Carolina’s public pension system tries the Canadian model: Launching its own “firm” to manage its private equity investments.

* Speaking of Canada, the Prime Minister’s new chief of staff comes from the private equity world

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London falls early, European shares retreat and the Nikkei loses 1%.

* Om reports that AOL is about buy TechCrunch

* Facebook director Peter Thiel says there won’t be an IPO until 2012. Pretty sure that a Facebook IPO is always two years away, no matter the year…

* E&Y report: Brazilian private equity is ready for its moment in the sun (.pdf)

* 47 Democrats write letter in support of current cap gains and dividend tax rates

* 2010 acquisitions: Google has 23, Microsoft has zero

* Goldman’s prop traders may be heading to Avenue Capital

* One year after releasing “principles” for how GPs should treat their LPs, ILPA is about to roll out a set of financial reporting guidelines.