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Cofee* The 100 least powerful people under 100

* Simon Walker defends private equity-backed IPOs

* Transcript of Fareed Zakaria’s recent interview with Paul Volcker, who keeps fighting for his eponymous rule

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London rises early, European shares hit two-week high, the Nikkei climbs nearly 3% and Hong Kong shares gain on commodities.

* Is Pali Capital a canary in the boutique coal mine?

* New York City is getting its own startup accelerator.

* Caroline McCarthy: What Kevin Smith means for the future of PR

* Martin Wolfe takes down Niall Ferguson’s recent suggestion that America is the next Greece.

* Zach Kouwe quits the NY Times, after getting busted for lifting copy from the WSJ. He’s a very good reporter — particularly on PE scoop — and will get another chance (if he wants it).

* Allen Stanford has had a very bad year.

* Now that neither Dylan Ratigan nor Charlie Gasparino are on CNBC, an animated look back at one of their more notable moments: