‘Esquire’ Feels That Heath Ledger’s Final Days Haven’t Been Examined Tastelessly Enough

MEDIA
Esquire reports on how Heath Ledger spent his last days…except the story is not exactly true. Or, um, tasteful. [Vulture]
• Let the deluge begin! Media companies line up to bid for Weather Channel, which is up for auction. [DealBook/NYT]
• Wal-Mart appears to be irritated by Meredith Corporation's creative tactic of selling its magazines, which include Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies' Home Journal, at the Dollar Tree store. [Folio]

FINANCE
• If Al Gore goes forward with his plan to hold a $100 million IPO for his cable company, Current Media, the former vice-president could pocket $48 million. Considering that his venture has lost $31.5 million in the last three years, is his scheme a little…err…convenient? [Business Week]
• Microsoft has enlisted Bear Stearns CEO Alan Schwartz to advise on the $42 billion Yahoo deal. [The Deal]
• Goldman Sachs is giving $100 million to teach business skills to women in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. [DealBook/NYT]

LAW
• Fidelity Investment will pay $8 million to settle SEC claims that the mutual-funds firm let staff members accept Super Bowl tickets, private-jet travel, cigar-filled humidors, escorts, Ecstasy, cases of Bordeaux, U2 concert tickets... [Law Blog/WSJ]
• The U.S. Polo Association didn't infringe on a Ralph Lauren trademark when it used a man on a horse as a logo. You've got to feel kind of bad for the USPA having to go up against the retail giant — after all, how many ways can someone playing polo actually be depicted? [Law.com]
• A very unscientific study shows that bankruptcy and commercial litigation are the hot legal practices in New York. [Above the Law]