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In Second Opinion, former Facebook lawyer joins Andreessen Horowitz for new policy group, Etsy is now valued at $4 billion after stock surges 115 percent after IPO debut and e-cigarette use triples among youth.

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peHUB First Read

First Read kicks off this morning with news of GoDaddy pricing its IPO at $20 per share, valuing it at about $4.5 billion, Samson Resources says it may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Groupon is offering cat cab services for April Fools’ Day.

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In Second Opinion, Wilson Sporting Goods acquires the iconic Louisville Slugger brand sold for $70 million, Carlyle’s CEO says oil is the best investment right now and Ted Cruz announces he’s running for president in 2016.

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In Second Opinion, Amazon is in talks to buy some RadoShack stores, the fear that keeps small business owners awake at night and Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will publish her second novel in July

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Ford isn’t falling all over itself to release a self-driving car, Google is plotting a move into auto insurance and Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone eight years ago today.

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In Second Opinion, Facebook’s popularity among teens falls again, Citigroup says Instragram is now worth $35 billion and the FBI now concludes that North Korea was responsible for the Sony Pictures hack.

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In Second Opinion, Instagram now has more monthly active users than Twitter, old iPods are selling for as much as $90K on eBay, Uber faces a civil suit from L.A. and S.F. district attorneys, plus did Grumpy Cat really make its owner $100 mln.

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TwtMob raises $2.9 mln, changes name to Speakr

TwtMob said it raised $2.9 million in seed funding in an oversubscribed round and has changed its name to Speakr. The new round was led by Toba Capital and joined by Allegro Venture Partners and several individuals, including Bazaarvoice co-founder Brett Hurt, Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, STRZ Enterprises CEO Nick Gross and others. The funding brings the company’s total financing to $3.8 million.

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In Second Opinion, women are better than men at raising money with Kickstarter, Uber drivers are still in operation in Berlin despite being banned and Apple is planning a more expensive iPhone that has a sapphire screen.

Piqora closes Series A

Piqora, a marketing and analytics business for visual social networks Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, among others, has closed a Series A investment of $7.7 million led by DFJ. Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures also participated, bringing total financing to over $11 million to date.

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Split raises seed funds

Split, a company dedicated to helping people avoid awkward encounters, has raised a $1 million seed investment from high-profile private investors, including entrepreneur, investor, and real estate and fashion mogul, Christopher Burch; Warner Music Group director and PERFORM board member, Jorg Mohaupt; international designer, actress and fashion icon, Dodo Bar Or; CEO and co-founder of acclaimed advertising and branding agency Zarmon Goldman DDB, Hadar Goldman; private venture capitalist and board member of several internet businesses, Alex Zubillaga; and PERFORM joint CEO and board member, Oliver Slipper. The Split apps work by gathering a person’s existing contact and social information (as they permit) as well as public social network data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.

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Bill Gurley to LPs: You are Blowing It

Bill Gurley has a message for institutional investors: Stop blasting money at what have historically been top-tier venture funds. “You’re not in the stands. You’re in the field. And when you allocate [your capital] obsessively to firms in the top quartile, it will have an impact on how things play out.”

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