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In Second Opinion, Amazon posts a larger Q2 loss, Barry Silbert is stepping down as SecondMarket CEO and even Comic-Con bans Google Glass. Plus Kristen Bell, as Mary Poppins, sings for a wage increase.

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Carlyle agrees to sell ADA Cosmetics to Ardian

Ardian has agreed to acquire ADA Cosmetics International from The Carlyle Group, the firm announced Thursday. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Kiehl, Germany, ADA Cosmetics is a maker of hotel cosmetics.

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Qualcomm commits $150 mln to Chinese venture

Mobile technology giant Qualcomm Incorporated has announced a commitment to invest up to $150 million in Chinese startup companies across all stages. Qualcomm will invest in Chinese companies that further the development of mobile technologies in areas such as Internet, e-commerce, semi-conductor, education and health.

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This morning First Read brings you an analysis of firm versus team performance track record, a need to know about due diligence issues, how dividend taxes affect corporate investment and TPG and Carlyle set to raise over $2 bln in Australia Healthscope IPO.

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In Second Opinion, Facebook’s Q2 revenue jumps 61%, a review of Amazon’s Fire phone, why the Federal Reserve Bank of NY is really upset with Deutsche Bank again and Twitter releases diversity info.

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AvantCredit racks up $275 mln from Tiger Global and VPC

Chicago-based online consumer lender AvantCredit said Wednesday that it has raised $75 million in a Series C round led by Tiger Global Management. Also, AvantCredit has secured a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. The funding brings the company’s total equity and debt financing to more than $300 million.

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Nevada PERS bets more on venture: VCJ

The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada has stepped up its venture capital investing over the past couple of years with commitments to Battery Ventures, Canaan Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.

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Find out the latest midweek news including JPMorgan inching towards its PE business sale, insights into Indiana and Maine investment fees and expenses, public PE firms finally putting in a good performance and a review of growth equity funds.

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