PE HUB First Read

First Read starts the week with news that Dell is planning on acquiring EMC for $65 billion, Ferrari seeks to raise about $1 billion for its IPO and President Obama tells TV’s “60 Minutes” that he could win a third term and Trump won’t win.

Dell in talks to buy data storage company EMC: Reuters

Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world’s third largest personal computer maker, is in talks to buy data storage company EMC Corp (EMC.N), a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technology deals ever, Reuters News reported.


Dell and Intel Capital back DocuSign

Dell and Intel Capital have made undisclosed investments in DocuSign, bringing its Series F funding to more than $278 million. Based in San Francisco, DocuSign is an electronic signature company.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Aafederal jury convicts five Bernie Madoff employees of fraud, Apple is in talks with Comcast for a streaming-television service, about 36% of all Web traffic is considered fake. Plus, guess who is Business Insider’s’ new political columnist. Just guess.

Blackstone Pulls Out of Dell Bidding

The Blackstone Group has informed Dell’s Special Committee of the Board that it will not submit a definitive bid to acquire the PC maker and is withdrawing from the process.

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Blackstone Ends Bid for Dell – Sources

(Reuters) – Blackstone Group LP has ended its pursuit of Dell Inc., three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, easing the way for founder Michael Dell and his private equity partner Silver Lake to go ahead with a $24.4 billion deal to acquire the world’s No. 3 PC maker.

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This morning check out eight examples of companies ruined by their founders, what the future holds for 4G, Zynga’s plans to make more and spend less and how much Think Big has secured from angel investors.

Blackstone Didn’t Look at Dell

Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone’s CEO, tells Bloomberg News that the buyout shop didn’t look at Dell and he doesn’t think the possible takeover of Dell will herald the return of mega-LBOs.

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This morning’s First Read is venture-heavy with links to a Boston seed start-up surge; the cleantech collapse and why big data will be even bigger in 2013.

SRS Wants You to Play AcqMan for the Holidays

Shareholder Representative Services is trying something new this holiday season. SRS is unveiling AcqMan — acq is short for acquisition–a game which tests players’ knowledge of M&A. This is how it works: Users pick from six different AcqMan avatars that represent different deep-pocketed strategic buyers. Choices include Dell, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Takeda.

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