Eavesdropping In: Google Eyes Twitter For $10 Billion, amFar Holds Star-Studded Gala

by Mara Siegler · February 10, 2011

American capitalism is about to be bought by the Germans. If regulators approve the deal, the acquisition of NYSE Euronext (which owns the NYSE) by Deutsche Börse AG (which owns the Frankfurt stock exchange) would create the world's largest financial exchange. [WSJ]

Mark Sanchez is knocking boots with a 17-year-old. Is it that bad? [Deadspin]

Former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg says he and other defectors took control of the site's submissions system with them when they left the organization last year. The defectors, who also hold some leaked material, believed boss Julian Assange couldn't be trusted to protect the site's sources. [Forbes]

Is this really a photo of Niki Finke-the most leusive woman in Hollywood? [The Daily]

Facebook and Google are among the companies circling Twitter and considering a colossal buyout deal. The price under discussion is somewhere between $8 billion and $10 billion—roughly 100 times the amount of revenue Twitter. [WSJ]

Poor Rocky Martin. Ticket sales for the US tour of his new album, "Musica + Alma + Sexo," have got off to a slower than expected start, with floor seats and prime lower-level seating still available days after tickets went live on Ticketmaster.com. Industry insiders believe the tour could be a financial disaster if the venues aren't 60 percent full. [PageSix]

All the pretty important people went to the amFar gala last night. Here are some pics. [HuffPo]

Congressman Chris Lee Resigns Following Gawker RevelationThree hours after his shirtless Craigslist antics appeared on this site, Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives.[Gawker]