* Ritholtz: MBIA deserves to go belly-up.
* Republicans are (slightly) better at picking stocks than are Democrats.
* It’s been a tough year for Carl Icahn’s hedge funds.
* 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.