Wolfram Alpha Computes Answers To Factual Questions. This Is Going To Be Big TechCrunch (hat tip Ed). If this works, it is a major threat to Google. Stay tuned.
AIG refuses to hand over workers details Times Online
Fed Plans For TALF Stymied Clusterstock
The Button-Down Mafia: How the Public Accounting Firms Run a Racket on Investors and Thrive While Their Clients Fail Francine McKenna, Huffington Post
Private Business Sidelined by China’s Stimulus Economic Observer Online (hat tip reader Michael)
China lost billions buying stocks just before crash Financial Times
Prosecutors seek Ruth Madoff’s assets Financial Times. Hhm, federal prosecutors plan to seize assets held in the wife’s name, but Treasury can’t figure out how to halt AIG bonus payments.
Goldman Offers Loans to Stretched Employees New York Times. Am I being unfair? Looks like TARP money is now bailing out Goldman staff. When average Americans overextend themselves, they have to cut back on their lifestyle, sometime in a very disruptive way, or declare bankruptcy. Not Goldmanites, it seems.
Shovels Are There, but the Readiness May Not Be Wall Street Journal. Our doubts about shovel-ready projects are proving well founded.
How to Stop AIG’s Bonuses Bill Black, Tom Ferguson, Rob Johnson, Walker Todd Huffington Post
Treasury Footnote Loses Billions Karim Bardeesy, The Big Money
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Don):