peHUB Second Opinion 2.11

Oh no! NASDAQ OMX held talks to go private with The Carlyle Groups, but the discussions broke down.

Apple’s Tim Cook will sit with Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address tomorrow.

GoDaddy buys M.Dot

Bill Gates, in a Reddit AMA session, says his biggest Microsoft product regret is WinFS.

Gates used an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet to reply to Reddit comments.

Mike Lynch, the former Autonomy boss, has raised $1 billion via Invoke Capital.

The world’s 50 most innovative companies, including Splunk, Airbnb and Target. Yes, I said Target.

Craigslist is accepting applications for the next Pope.

Genworth Financial is up for sale.

How to save NBC from its death spiral.

Signs of the apocalypse. The Verge considers putting out a print edition.

Goldman taps Gregg Lemkau as its new co-head of global M&A.

Steve Blank says that a “Founder’s vision is just an opinion stated passionately.

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