Pre-Marketing 3.1.11

March 1, 2011, 5:36 PM UTC

* Bernie Madoff, father of automated trading?

* Juliette Kayyem: It’s time to end visa caps on experts

* Office Space: Cali Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has taken up residence in a San Francisco tech incubator

* Moneyball: Michael Lewis gets sued for defamation by Wing Chau, the CLO manager Lewis skewered in The Big Short.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London opens strongEuropean shares keep rising and the Nikkei gains 1.2%. Plus, trouble in the Saudi markets.

* Study: How we waste time on email

* Buffett vs. Lampert: A Tale of Two Letters

* Could pollution be a roadblock in China’s path to prosperity?

* A Koch brother takes to the op-ed pages (in the WSJ, natch)

* Dean Baker: The origins and severity of the public pension crisis

* They’re ba-ack: Ex-Countrywide execs launch new bank with $1 billion in private equity funding

* Ben Protess: The SEC has rejected Wave2Wave’s request to withdraw its IPO, essentially derailing a private placement of stock.

* Tweet of the Day: @NickKristof If there’s anything that symbolizes the bankruptcy of TV news today, it’s the focus on Charlie Sheen.