Reed It and Weep: As IMT goes to press, the name of Michael Bloomberg had cropped up in several general-press outlets around the world. Most tantalizingly, a Manilla-sourced dispatch from BussinessWorld, carried by the Dow Jones wire, had Bloomberg boarding a plane en route to Kuala Lumpur and talking to a reporter simultaneously. "We may buy out Merrill Lynch in the next 30 days," Bloomberg told the journal. (Merrill and Bloomberg could not be reached for further comment at press time--but

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