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To start your Halloween Friday, ghoulish First Read delivers spooky news about Omega buying Aviv for a frightening $3 billion, Starbucks eerily plans on launching a delivery service and the monstrous FTC fines a dating site for making up user profiles. Happy Halloween!

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SEC probing private equity performance figures: Reuters

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining how private equity firms report a key metric of their past performance when they market new funds to investors, as the regulator boosts its scrutiny of the industry, according to people familiar with the matter.

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First Read explores Snapchat’s new challenge of figuring out how to introduce advertising to its free service, Alibaba founder Jack Ma is China’s richest man and the North Carolina Treasurer, Erskine Bowles and a fundraiser sparks suspicions of private equity pay-to-play.

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To start, the first woman has won the prestigious ‘Nobel Prize of Mathematics,’ look beyond IPOs to find this year’s biggest capital raises and a startup believes it has created an AI that can teach itself and will eventually be able to answer almost any question.

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The long shadow of the JOBS Act: VCJ

The JOBS Act became law in April 2012 with the promise it would grease the skids of small company IPOs and pave a broader avenue to the capital markets. Two years later, a debate rages over just how wide an opening it has created, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

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Venture firm gets SEC slap for improper registration exemption

A Pennsylvania-based venture capital firm, TL Ventures, improperly claimed an exemption from the rules of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law requiring private equity firms to register with the agency as investment advisers, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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SEC exam findings a “wake-up call,” says LP

Early investor reaction to the first wave of private equity examinations from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ranges from skepticism, frustration that sponsors don’t provide as much information as investors ask for, to gratitude that the SEC is going to help improve behavior.

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Some PE firms chosen for early SEC exams based on risk: Buyouts

A little-noted aspect of the first set of examinations of private equity shops by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is that the agency in some cases picked firms considered to be more likely to have compliance problems, sister magazine Buyouts reported. That fact may help explain the high percentage of problems found.

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SEC ponders whether sponsors are broker-dealers

In April of last year, David Blass, chief counsel for the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a speech in which he warned that private equity funds might be required to register as broker-dealers in connection with their fundraising activities as well as charging transaction-related fees from their portfolio companies.

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For VCs, SEC Ruling Should Make Fundraising a Bit Easier

The lifting of the ban on general solicitations will likely have the biggest impact on emerging managers seeking new limited partners. But even established VCs should benefit from the change, at the very least because it means they can now publicly discuss fundraising plans.

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