peHUB First Read

* peHUB Across America begins in one week from tonight. If you’re not one of the more than 950 readers with tickets, get yours today.

* Final bids for The Weather Channel were due Friday. The pole position is believed to be held by a grouping of NBC, Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

* The Merc has more on the legal troubles facing venture capitalist “Boots” Del Biaggio. This is why folks like me are always suspicious when press releases proclaim that someone left their job for “personal reasons.”

* Scott Kirsner keeps writing about Boston’s entrepreneurial woes, vis-a-vis Silicon Valley. The latest: Not a single company incubated by Y Combinator has received money from a Boston-based VC.

* Dr. John F. Marshall: Retired professor. Noted lecturer. Insider trader?

* TPG looks to bail out a troubled UK mortgage lender.

* Will Carly Fiorina become John McCain’s running mate? That would again put her on the opposite side of Tom Perkins, who’s been contributing to Obama since his Illinois Senate run in 2004…
* Rafat interviews my new boss here at Thomson Reuters (actually, my boss’ boss’ boss’ boss).

* Is bankruptcy better than a merger? Some airlines seem to think so.

* A Palo Alto startup looks to take on Bluetooth.

* Wallstrip on IBM: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/w/?v=mw521D7iav4]