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Jack Welch Has Some Letting Go to Do

The former GE chief won't shut up about his old job, Andrew Cuomo goes on a subpoena rampage, Katie Couric may have a book in her, and a homeless man blunders on to some very special blueprints in our daily roundup of news from the world of finance, law, media, and real estate.

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Alex P. Keaton May Have Made a Sex Tape

Weird wiretapper Anthony Pellicano says he knows what Michael J. Fox did back in 1990. Plus, Ashlee Simpson pregnancy rumors persist, Adrian Grenier gets a girlfriend, and more in our daily squeeze of the juice from New York gossip columns.

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Graydon Goes on the Model Diet

Also, Julia Roberts makes out at the Waverly Inn, Chuck from the Greatest Show of Our Time gets crunk, and Katie Couric is a plagiarist — all in today's roundup of the dish from the city's gossip columns.

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JPMorgan Gearing Up to Move Into Bear's Sweet HQ

FINANCE • JPMorgan Chase will probably move its investment-banking unit to Bear Stearns' smokin'-hot headquarters on Madison Avenue. The building is valued at $1.2 billion, which is just one-fourth of quadruple the price JPMorgan paid for the firm itself. [NYP] • JPMorgan Chase's valuation of Bear Stearns shows that financial institutions are significantly overvalued. Speaking of which, many employees had their life savings wiped out. [NYP, WSJ] • Meanwhile Goldman Sachs' earnings are down but beat analysts' expectations. [DealBook/NYT]

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CBS Gives Katie Couric Another Thing Not to Smile About

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If Katie Couric had a real Facebook page, one that just her friends could see, for the past couple of years you could just imagine that it would have this constant status update: "Katie Couric is disappointed." After her ratings at CBS News slumped and the network became less supportive of her, you might imagine that she's sort of just generally a little disillusioned all the time. So you almost forget that there might be specific things that she's disappointed about. Like presidential primary debates, for example. Today, we learn from the Observer that she wanted to host one (as anchors tend to do — Anderson Cooper alone moderated, like, fifteen), but for various reasons a CBS debate never materialized.

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Katie Couric Must Really Hate Goldfish

MEDIA • Katie Couric's YouTube channel provides real service journalism: While chitchatting with Joe Biden, the CBS anchor recommends viewers tune into her favorite viral video — the one where a little girl watches her goldfish get flushed down the toilet. [HuffPo] • The New York Times op-ed columnists can't endorse political candidates. This "isn't a problem" for Maureen Dowd because she doesn't "do a partisan column." [NYO] • Vegas, take note: Big Apple broadsheets are front-runners in the race for the Pulitzers. [E&P]

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Meet Microsoft's ‘Gatekeeper of Funding’

FINANCE • Now that Yahoo rejected Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid, it's up to Microsoft's self-described "gatekeeper of funding" Christopher P. Liddell to plot the company's next chess move. [DealBook/NYT] • Fearful that 90 percent of TheStreet.com's franchise revolves around Jim Cramer, today the finance-driven Website launched Mainstreet.com, which will revolve around celebrities and personal finance. You think Britney's psychological drama is intense? Wait until you hear about her bond portfolio. [NYP] • France's rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel might have had an accomplice. How did police find out? By sifting through 2,000 pages of instant-message traffic. Bet that was a gr8 time. [NYT]

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Katie Couric Thinks Cindy McCain Looks Like ‘a Husky’

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Harry Shearer has another funny outtake clip of Katie Couric, this time broadcasting from New Hampshire during the primary. Greatest lines include "Giuliani's dead. I mean, you know what I mean," "Oh shit oh shit oh shit," "[Cindy McCain] looks like a husky!" and "I don't know much about Huckabee." Click above to view — it's sort of boring and riveting at the same time. But it raises the question: How does Harry Shearer keep posting these things without backlash from CBS News and Couric herself? Unless Katie secretly likes this stuff slipping out… Katie Couric 1 [My Damn Channel] Earlier: Katie Couric: 'This Tart is Ready to Go'

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Chinese Reporter Visits Michael's, Unveils ‘Courstrong’?

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The Wall Street Journal's Li Yuan, who writes Beautiful Country, a column that "looks at American business life and business culture from a native Chinese perspective," according to the Journal, had lunch at Michael's recently and wrote about it in a column on the "power lunch," which appeared on the Website yesterday along with an amazing accompanying video (above). "Over the past 18 years, a glamorous daily soap opera has unfolded here," Yuan wrote of the restaurant. "Who's eating there, with whom and what they might be discussing are hot gossips for tabloids and blogs." During her expedition to Michael's, Yuan made an accidental but important discovery: She spotted Katie Couric having lunch with Lance Armstrong! Sure, the meeting could have been business-related. But maybe, just maybe, it was something more. After all, Katie is totally Lance's type. Even if she's not 18, she's blonde and quirky and has piles of her own money. And Lance's dedication to his Livestrong Foundation must appeal to Katie, who lost her husband to cancer in 1998 and has been a huge cancer-awareness advocate since. Of course, the lunch could also have been a ploy to get back at Tory Burch for dating Katie's ex, Tom Werner. Hot gossips, indeed!

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The Nine Media Lives of Tina Brown

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Tina Brown signed a deal to develop story ideas and shows for HBO. Donny Deutsch celebrated his 50th-birthday party at the Jazz at Lincoln Center with lobster tail and foie gras. Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman are having trouble yachting around on their Caribbean honeymoon because there's a massive fuel strike on St. Barts. (Weinstein's friends also sent him a lot of video congratulations on the day of his wedding.) Lydia Hearst is mad that her name is being attached to Darfur awareness events without her permission. Gay activist Allen Roskoff keeps George Bush toilet paper at his Jane Street apartment.

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Alessandra Stanley Misses Katie Couric's Clickety Heels

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The Times has had some great moments in cattiness: Caryn James weird takedown of Angelina Jolie ("While visiting orphans in Africa; did she think viewers wouldn’t spot her cat’s-eye makeup and heavily glossed lips?"); Maureen Dowd's Hillzilla column; in fact most of Maureen Dowd's columns about women. But Alessandra Stanley's 2005 categorization of Katie Couric's Today show persona as a "downright scary" is one of the greats. "America's girl next door has morphed into the mercurial diva down the hall," Stanley wrote. "At the first sound of her peremptory voice and clickety stiletto heels, people dart behind doors and douse the lights." But like a woman that loves a man even though he treats her bad, two years on, Stanley is still missing the frisson, the danger, the excitement brought by La Couric. "Changes on Today have smoothed out some of the more interesting quirks," she writes in her column about the pastel dullness of lady-friendly TV shows like Today and The View. "Ms. Vieira, who replaced Katie Couric more than a year ago, is pleasant but bland, and not forceful enough to dim the ascendance of Ms. Curry, who was passed over for the top co-host job but seems determined to play the role anyway." Aha! We think we see the healing beginning. Could Anne Curry be the television dominatrix Alessandra needs to hurt her so good? Morning TV Veers From News to Frills [NYT] Previously: 'Today' Seeks Yesterday's Glory [NYT]

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