The Accidental Billionaire

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September 22, 2010: 7:00 AM ET

A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.

  • Photo: Columbia Pictures

    Early reviews of The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires, has received rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone. "A mesmerizing, bewildering and infuriating protagonist makes this movie about Facebook's creation a must-see," wrote critic Kirk Honeycutt. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • ThinkEquity analyst Aaron Kessler reports Wall Street is valuing Yahoo (YHOO) at "less than nothing." (Barron's)
  • In other Yahoo news, CEO Carol Bartz went to bat for the company, addressing speculation of a troubled relationship with Alibaba, falling "product engagement," and frequent staff turnover. Said Bartz: "I can't tell you how many times I've gone to my assistant and said, 'Do you know who this person is,' and they're about six layers down." (We know: not exactly heartening.) (Paid Content)
  • Ebay's (EBAY) Lorrie Norrington, head of the core auction business, is leaving for "personal reasons." When Norrington started in 2008, she was tasked with boosting growth, which has either slowed or even declined, quarter-to-quarter. (The Street) More
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