peHUB First Read

* How to Rick Roll a venture capital firm.

* Ritholtz: MBIA deserves to go belly-up.

* Republicans are (slightly) better at picking stocks than are Democrats.

* Will a stronger dollar hurt M&A?

* Bankruptcies abound. The latest are Atlantis Plastics and Pizza Hut franchisee Midland Foods.

* It’s been a tough year for Carl Icahn’s hedge funds.

* Inside the Cambridge Innovation Center.

* The company that provided Whole Foods with bad beef was once VC-backed, according to our database. Raised around $5 million, with the final infusion coming in 2001. Most of the participating firms seem long-gone.

* Google apologizes for yesterday’s Gmail outage.