Pre-Marketing 4.4.11

April 4, 2011, 3:24 PM UTC

* Sarah Lacey: How we all missed Web 2.0’s “Netscape moment”

* Lobbying debit: While everyone else was focused on swipe fees, KKR got a big break for portfolio company First Data

* Japan’s richest man, Softbank Corp. president Masayoshi Son, pledges $120 million plus all salary until his retirement to aid in earthquake relief.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London rises earlyEuropean shares climb and the Nikkei gains on yen.

* James Surowiecki: In praise of Internet distractions

* Accountant bait: IRS targets the wealthy in audit offensive

* Who would the public blame for a gov’t shutdown? Everyone.

* Lawsuit: Does Electronic Arts (ERTS) owe some money to an original Madden creator?

* April Fool’s Day hangover: Bryce Roberts explains why he’s rejoining AngelList

* In trying to defend himself, did David Sokol throw Charlie Munger to the SEC wolves?

* Engadget writers flee AOL for a new startup. In editorial content, it’s more about people than brand…

* Speaking of editorial: Congrats to Xconomy for expanding to New York City. On the flip-side, sad to hear that Private Equity Insider has been shuttered.

* M&A Monday: Solvay is buying Rhodia for $4.8 billion, Sanofi gains control of Genzymeand Vivendi is buying Vodafone’s 44% stake in French cellphone service provider SFR for $11.3 billion in cash.