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First Read starts off your week with news that Greece’s finance minister quits after the country rejects a bailout deal, the U.S. women’s soccer team wins the World Cup and Aetna will acquire Humana for $37 billion.

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VC-backed IPOs rebound in second quarter

VC-backed IPO activity rebounded in Q2, as 27 companies raised $3.4 billion in proceeds, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. But M&A activity slumped despite LinkedIn’s purchase of Lynda.com.

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Sodhani to leave Intel Capital

Intel Capital President Arvind Sodhani will retire in January, ending a 34-year career with parent company Intel, including 10 years at the chipmaker’s venture investing arm, Intel said Thursday.

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In Second Opinion, BP agrees to make a $18.7 billion settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, unemployment falls to its lowest levels in seven years and “Sesame Street” fans say goodbye to Maria. Actress Sonia Manzano, who has been playing her on the show for 44 years, is retiring.

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PE HUB First Read

First Read ushers in your morning with news that Hewlett-Packard formally files plan to split up, PayPal said it will acquire Xoom for $890 million and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs to get $3.4 million raises despite White House objections. Have a happy July 4th!

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PE HUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, the Justice Department is probing a possible airline collusion to keep fares high. ACE agrees to buy Chubb for $28.3 billion, and following NBC Universal’s lead, Macy’s also drop-kicks Donald Trump.

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Allegis closes on initial $100 mln for sixth fund

Allegis Capital has closed on an initial $100 million of capital for a sixth fund that it says will focus exclusively on cyber-security investing. The venture firm said its target for the fund is $150 million.

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PE HUB First Read

First Read begins your mid-week morning with news that U.S. will be opening an embassy in Havana, Canada’s Brookfield makes a $6.8 billion bid for Australia’s Asciano and Donna Karan steps down as head of her brand.

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