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* Will ZipCar eventually turn a profit?

* Lawmakers move (again) to toughen the Volcker Rule

* Therese Poletti: Mark Zuckerberg has a Richard Nixon moment

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London rises early, European shares climb and the Nikkei has its best day in six months.

* Today in Ponzi Scheme news…

* Brad Feld: Suggestions for angel investors

* League Table: The top infrastructure investors

* Don Dodge: The angel investor/convertible note conundrum

* Can Groupon’s momentum help tranform Chicago into a venture capital hotspot?

* Pru yesterday pulled out of its bid for AIA, which means the value of withdrawn M&A activity for 2010 has reached $135 billion, or almost double withdrawn M&A volume seen over the same period in 2009. Here’s the data (.pdf)

* The Cleveland Clinic cures cancer? Convinces LeBron to stay? Ummm…. maybe not.

* Party Time: The next peHUB Shindig is in less than two weeks, at English in Chicago. Get your tickets here.

* The Jordan, Edmiston Group just advised Hearst on its planned purchase of iCrossing. Here’s JEG’s Scott Peters discussing the media M&A landscape:

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  • [...] Can Groupon morph Chicago into a VC hotspot? The top three centers for venture capitalism have always been in California, Massachusetts, and New York, but CB Insights thinks Groupon could change all that. On multiple occasions the state has broken into the top five ranking for dollars invested or deals, with a steady climb over the last four quarters (including a big bump from Groupon). CB Insights then measures how Chicago stacks up against Paul Graham from Y Combinator’s thesis about a region needing “nerds” and “rich people” to build a thriving ecosystem for startups. (via peHUB) [...]

  • [...] Can Groupon morph Chicago into a VC hotspot? The top three centers for venture capitalism have always been in California, Massachusetts, and New York, but CB Insights thinks Groupon could change all that. On multiple occasions the state has broken into the top five ranking for dollars invested or deals, with a steady climb over the last four quarters (including a big bump from Groupon). CB Insights then measures how Chicago stacks up against Paul Graham from Y Combinator’s thesis about a region needing “nerds” and “rich people” to build a thriving ecosystem for startups. (via peHUB) [...]

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