peHUB First Read

* Felix Salmon: Truth and rhetoric in job creation

* Albert Wegner: Are there limits to Web decentralization?

* Topix CEO Chris Tolles speaks from experience: When attorney generals attack

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London falls early, European shares retreat and the Nikkei sheds 2%.

* Q&A with Intel exec Renee James on the McAfee acquisition 

* Andy Zacky: The case for Facebook’s $50 billion valuation

* Owen Thomas: Why e-commerce IPOs will soon be a smarter buy than digital/social media

* The Economist on private equity: “A useful industry that will probably become more useful as it becomes less grandiose.”

* NVCA chief Mark Heesen offers some interesting stats on 2010 IPOs

* Wade Roush: Why Facebook Places will turn Foursquare into a footnote

* Liam Denning: “BHP Billiton’s $39 billion cash bid for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan is, in effect, a leveraged buyout arbitraging what might be called the deflation trade.”

* Kara Swisher talks with Twitter COO Dick Costolo about management, monetization and IPOs:

* Brian Sozzi says that retailers may be on the shopping list for private equity:


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