Reading around — Dec. 29

Fortune: 21 Dumbest Moments in Business 2008

WSJ: The Weekend That Wall Street Died

WSJ: Why It’s Hard to Judge Polls

NY Times: By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky LoansYet even by WaMu’s relaxed standards, one mortgage four years ago raised eyebrows. The borrower was claiming a six-figure income and an unusual profession: mariachi singer.

WSJ: Retailers Brace for Major ChangeFallout from the dismal holiday sales season promises to have a lasting impact on how the retail industry operates, with some prepared for a large number of bankruptcies and store closures.

WSJ: Madoff ‘Feeders’ Under FocusThe investigation into Bernard Madoff is starting to turn to the middlemen who attracted billions of investment dollars to his funds.

TechCrunch: Canary In The Coalmine: NYT Sees First Decline In Online Ad Revenues

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