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peHUB First Read

* How Wall Streeters beat drug tests

* Tony Jackson: GM is just a hedge fund in disguise

* Fred Wilson is worried about the expanding birthrate of web startups. This may be an argument for the creation of more firms focused on “B” rounds.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London rises early, European shares climb and the Nikkei edges lower.

* Bob Metcalfe’s original ethernet sketch (circa 1972)

* Junk bond volume keeps rising while yields keep falling

* Andrew Rice: “Are Barnes & Noble founder Len Riggio and his nemesis Ron Burkle the only people in America who still want to own a mega-bookstore?”

* Tweet of the Day: @thestalwart Professional economists have correctly predicted 10 out of the last 2 trade wars.

* Digital media banker John Doyle says companies like Hulu and Nielsen are using IPOs because there aren’t any M&A buyers.

* Message from Chatroulette, which was just taken down: “The experiment #1 is over now. Thanks for participating. Renewed and updated version of the website will be launched today.”

* Flash crash investigation: “Analysts at Nanex, an obscure data company in the suburbs of Chicago, examine trading charts from the day and are stunned to find some oddly compelling shapes and patterns in the data. To the Nanex analysts, these are crop circles of the financial kind.”

* Jon Stewart uses The Carlyle Group to help “prove” that Fox News is a terrorist command center (around 6-minute mark):

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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