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Is Murdoch Starting to Sweat?

• With the deadline set for 5 p.m. tonight, the Bancrofts’ vote on the Dow Jones deal remains too close to call. [WSJ]
• Jimmy Fallon is apparently the lead contender to take Conan O’Brien’s place once Conan jumps to Leno’s time slot. Yikes. [Broadcasting & Cable]
• Is Jane Pratt’s new project a Gwen Stefani magazine? [Fashionista]
• Late-night talk legend Tom Snyder is dead at 71. [AP via NYT]

• It’s tough times for United Capital Markets: Founder John Devaney is putting his 142-foot yacht up for sale. Only $23.5 million! [NYP]
• Dag Skattum, the co-head of M&A at JPMorgan, quit after more than twenty years there to join TPG Capital. [MarketBeat/WSJ]
• The NASDAQ’s and the NYSE’s in-house oversight has joined forces to become the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Snappy name! [Reuters/CNNMoney via DealBook/NYT]

• Peter Som has been named creative director of womenswear at Bill Blass. [British Vogue]
• Prada sells Azzedine Alaïa back to its namesake designer. [Fashion Week Daily]

• A Dubai investment firm picks Skadden to handle a London deal. Eyebrows arched around globe. [American Lawyer]
• In-house council is “the most ethically challenged position in the American legal profession,” says NYU law prof. [Law Blog/WSJ]

Is Murdoch Starting to Sweat?