peHUB First Read

* Moody’s says oops.

* UK event organizer and publisher Informa gets a $4.3 billion buyout bid from Carlyle, Prov Equity and Hellman & Friedman.

* David Brooks asserts that Goldman Sachs is taking over the federal government. Heidi Moore asserts that David Brooks is an over-arching moron (my term, her assertion).

* Tom Barnett has four words for those who have criticized M&A approvals — like Maytag/Whirlpool — during his time as top antitrust enforcer for the DoJ: I got it right.

* Eli Broad: Worst economic slump since WWII.

* Longtime readers know my fascination with inkless printer company Zink. Its first products hit stores this weekend.

* Cisco forms Russian tech investment fund.

* PE firms pay heavily for past investment in the chemicals sector.

* I did an in-studio spot last night for Jim Braude’s program on NECN. Topic was overall economic turmoil. Yes, I look particularly tired, which is why I’m taking the next two weeks off. Here’s the video: