peHUB First Read

* A Gotti loan shark gets shaken down in above-the-board bankruptcy.

* Steve Ballmer gets egged. No, not by Jerry Yang.

* America’s woman problem.

* Hedge fund manager Jeff Vinik is overseeing $9.5 billion. Except he isn’t. Confused? So is Steve Syre.

* Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital has organized a panel discussion on the important issue of non-competes in Massachusetts. It’s free, but you need to RSVP. More info here.

* The nation’s top venture capitalists, according to members of TheFunded.

* Delphi sues its former saviors.

* Sorkin and Icahn do dinner.

* Middle Eastern SWFs look to make direct PE investments in India.

* The Bay Area seeks to build stronger VC ties with China.

* The Blackstone Group’s Tony James, from last week’s Private Capital Symposium: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/w/?v=v-NzAhxtoNw]