peHUB First Read

Cofee* Teaching the government to love garbage

 * Withered Palm: The fall of a (PE-backed) technology giant

* An inside view of Wilson Sonsini’s fabled investment fund

* Steve Rattner plans to write a book about the auto bailout. Wonder if he’ll settle with Cuomo — thus allowing his former partners to get on with their lives — before publication…

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London falls early, European shares rise on miners, the Nikkei slips on yen worries and both China and Hong Kong shares sink.

* Why everyone read Paul Samuelson

* Andrew Ross Sorkin: Wall Street honchos show Obama who’s boss

* RPM Ventures looks to marry high-tech innovation with Midwestern manufacturing

* Martin Hutchinson: Brazil’s roll is starting to slow

* Brian Rich: Private equity gets back to basics (ah yes, the salvation mantra of every industry that screws up)

* Hiter Harris, managing director of Harris Williams & Co., gives his 2010 M&A outlook: