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In Second Opinion, Monsanto ditches its $47 bln takeover bid for Syngenta, Facebook launches M, its answer to Siri and after a six-day sell-off, the Dow jumps over 600 points at the close of trading.

Designer Donna Karan of Donna Karan New York walks the runway following her show during New York Fashion Week in New York February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
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PE HUB First Read

First Read begins your mid-week morning with news that U.S. will be opening an embassy in Havana, Canada’s Brookfield makes a $6.8 billion bid for Australia’s Asciano and Donna Karan steps down as head of her brand.

Asha Jones listens to the speakers during a rally outside the State House to get the Confederate flag removed from the grounds in Columbia, South Carolina June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1HRVL
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In Second Opinion, Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay will stop selling Confederate flag merchandise, Qatar teams up with RSE Ventures to buy a stake in Formula One, and in addition to their team not winning a World Series since 1986, New York Mets fans are also the worst spellers in baseball, says new study.

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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, Walmart bumps up its pay for workers, FTC files lawsuit challenging Sysco-U.S. Foods merger and Apple is accused of poaching employees from a battery maker.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, we wonder why Wrigley Field is suddenly so empty, WalMart slashes the price of the iPhone 5S to $79, and EBay is considering spinning off of PayPal.

An alligator named "Mujo" is seen in its enclosure in Belgrade's zoo
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In Second Opinion, how working at Walmart for eight years devastated this woman’s family, Twitter shows users tweets that are favorited by those they follow and over one-third of Americans have not saved any money for retirement.

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To end this lovely June week, First Read finds computer scientists not heeding the lessons of science fiction, Congress warns U.S. investors about Chinese companies like Alibaba and a crack down on the annual dog-meat eating festival.

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In Second Opinion, Harvard is a great school but a lousy investor, Google pays $500 mln for Skybox Imaging, Amazon plans to launch a marketplace for local services and whether Britney Spears is a feminist role model.

Newly Public Companies: Be Nice to VCs (Including Peter Thiel): Updated

In recent weeks, there’s been some talk that investor Peter Thiel should step down from the company’s board, given that his financial interests are no longer as closely aligned with the success of the company as they once were. But Merih Sevilir, an associate professor finance at of Indiana University, politely calls B.S. on such logic.

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