Pre-Marketing 3.8.11

After all, it is Fat Tuesday...

* Sean Parker: No, a billion dollars is not cool

* Matthew Lynn: Corporate America still doesn’t understand American celebrity

* Andrew Ross Sorkin: If the SEC is right about Rajat Gupta, why isn’t he facing criminal charges?

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London opens strongEuropean shares rise as oil falls and the Nikkei edges up.

* MG Siegler: The Facebook Bureau

* Scott Olsen: The VC industry is in transition

* Major U.S. corporations keep getting greener

* Chris Morris: 5 things you never knew about Pac-Man

* Hush-hush: A peek behind the curtain at D.E. Shaw

* Counter-cyclical: Distressed asset funds find little traction

* Bruce Booth: VC-backed biotech is succeeding at fighting gravity

* LBO albatross: Can TXU hang on until a rebound in natural gas prices?

* William Hogeland: Democratic finance vs. banking fraud in early America

* As cotton gets more expensive, so does the cost of producing dollar bills

* Hedge fund manager Dan Loeb subpoenas journalists like Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, to help prove he didn’t spread disinformation about a Canadian insurer.

* Tweet of the Day: @cdixon: my next blog post is going to be on a topic less controversial than SEO, like religion or poltics.

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