* RIM and others (including Thomson Reuters) have committed $150 million to The Blackberry Fund, which will invest in startups whose applications run on their ubiquitous devices. VentureBeat had it first.
* Barbarians at the bank: PE firms are buying into financial institutions, but without the same controls they’re used to.
* Are young people the future of microfinance? Not twenty-somethings, but teenagers…
* PE infrastructure efforts today will announce $10 billion in new fund-raising.
* The SPAC shell game becomes harder to sell.
* Buyouts reports that HM Capital Partners — the legacy U.S. arm of what was once Hicks Muse Tate & Furst — is planning to close its debut fund by month’s end (sub req).
* Wallstrip on Ventas, the healthcare REIT: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/w/?v=gemeXskXFdY]