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RIP: Leslie Nielsen, star of “Naked Gun” movies, passes away.

Bidding: Wal-Mart says that it has offered $2.32 bln for 51% of South Africa’s Massmart.

Excess: A word of caution on chasing returns in the VC market, from Fred Wilson

Your Brain On Drugs: This Brazilian drug lord is a huge Justin Bieber fan.

Getting Aid: Ireland wins $113 billion bailout. However, aid package fails to stem concern and the Euro falls against the dollar.

Gotcha: Wikileaks documents suggest China’s leaders were behind Google hack attack.

When Businesses Attack Their Customers: Bad publicity is a good thing for DecorMyEyes.

Another Media Merger: Salon.com is exploring merger options.

Another Deal: Just a week after announcing its buy of Philosophy, Coty said to buy nail care company Opi products for $1 billion.

Muscling In: Why Miss New York crashed Miss USA’s Macy’s parade float. It was her Swan song moment, y’all.