peHUB First Read

Cofee* RIP BCE: The mega-buyout binge of ’06-’07 is finally over.

* BreakingViews: “Apollo and Cerberus may need help from the god of hopeless causes.”

* Spam returns to American dinner tables.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, Europe down on finance and mining, Nikkei keeps rising and Hong Kong up slightly.

* Banks keep trying to game the system, and the system keeps giving them ways to do it.

* Heidi catches up with the AIG and Lehman asset sales.

* Ritholtz vs. Chris Cox.

* Tough times for PE-backed Neiman Marcus. Maybe if they accepted credit cards other than AmEx…

* Forget the bonus. What is John Thain’s future at BoA?

* Have shopping malls lost their luster?

* Wallstrip on negotiation: