PE Hub First Read

First Read kicks off the day with news that Intel buys Israeli AI startup Habana Labs for $2 bln, homebuilder confidence soars to its highest levels in 20 years and a look in cybersecurity menace Evil Corp.

Intel buys Israeli AI startup Habana Labs for $2 billion.

Amazon blocks sellers from using FedEx’s ground delivery for Prime shipments.

Homebuilder confidence jumps to highest level in 20 years.

Purdue paid out $10.4 bln to Sacklers as opioid crisis grew, report says.

Vegan sneakers are set to be next sustainable plant-based craze in 2020.

A look into the operations of Evil Corp, a $100 mln cybersecurity menace.

Vox Media to cut 100s of freelance jobs ahead of changes in California gig economy laws.

Tornadoes threaten Deep South as severe storms roar through region.