David Weidner at Marketwatch.com with a longer piece on the phenomenal growth of alternative trading systems, including “dark pools.”

Roger Ehrenberg at Information Arbitrage on the parallels between the growth of “dark pools of liquidity” and Goldman Sachs’ institutional market for private company shares.

The WSJ.com with an in-depth look at the challenges for the extended Bancroft family of Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Dow Jones (DJ).

Richard Siklos in the New York Times on the “utter consistency” behind Murdoch’s bid for the Wall Street Journal.

Going Private with an interesting insight on the tax treatment of private equity firm “carry.”

Tom Petruno at the Los Angeles Times on the search for “genuine value” at Value Investing Congress West.

Geraldine Fabrikant in the New York Times has a profile of the low-profile manager of the Baupost Group of hedge funds, Seth Klarman.

Matthew Goldstein at BusinessWeek.com on a forthcoming subprime IPO that is conflicted, to say the least.

Peter Bernstein at TheStreet.com on the evolution of finance and his new book, Capital Ideas Evolving.

Conrad De Aenlle in the New York Times on the reasons why passive investing often beats active investing.

Chuck Jaffe at Marketwatch.com on why underperforming mutual funds are insulated from market forces.

Howard Lindzon looks at the rejuvenation of insider trading.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed on the anomalous behavior of the put/call ratio during this market upswing.

Mebane Faber at World Beta has a closer look at Buffett-inspired mutual fund managers.

Bess Levin at DealBreaker.com on the confusion surrounding the terms thrown about by hedge funds.

Bespoke Investment Group on an investment strategy that involves investing in with stocks priced at $100 or more.

James Mackintosh at FT.com on how exotic hedge funds have become commonplace.

time to blog notes an article that identifies “top blogs for investors” that includes the likes of Abnormal Returns, Going Private and the Big Picture.

kottke.org compares the growth of Twitter and Blogger.

William Saletan at Slate.com on the symbiotic growth in the relationship between humans and computers.

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