peHUB First Read

Cofee* Get ready for a solar startup bloodbath

 * Movie Theater Investments: The Squeakquel

* Shades of Jim Chanos: Reuters looks at China Inc’s growing pains

*  Sim Simeonov: The decade’s defining tech battle will be hardware vs. software

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London slips early, European shares rebound, the Nikkei slips and China shares near one-month closing low.

* Crayola crayon colors multiply like rabbits

* Nic Brisbourne: Don’t worry Europe, there are still some VCs left here

* Bill Gates joins Twitter (as a user, not an exec): @billgates

* Don’t take photos in the SAC Capital parking lot

* Roddy Boyd says Overstock.com’s Patrick Byrne is America’s nastiest CEO

* Reason #24 to launch your startup in New York: “There are no girls in Silicon Valley.” (Fred Wilson offers some other reasons)

* Jeremy Warner on why so many corporate takeovers cause more harm than good.

* Carl Schramm, CEO of The Kaufman Foundation, the the state of entrepreneurs: