Pre-Marketing 12.17.10

December 17, 2010, 4:19 PM UTC

from reader Michelle

* Don Dodge: We are not in a seed stage bubble (Shai Goldman agrees)

* Preliminary data: Best year for M&A since 2007, with global deals topping $2.2 trillion

* He’s back: HFM returns to talk with n+1, including some reflections on his Diary of a Very Bad Year.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures signal mixed open, London rises earlyEuropean shares fall on debt concerns and the Nikkei flattens.

* Marshall Kirkpatrick: Delicious’s data policy is like setting a museum on fire

* Mark Boslet: SharesPost soon will let startups sell equity stakes directly to buyers

* Mark Mobius: The next great frontier markets are Nigeria, Vietnam and Kazakhstan

* It’s a deal: The tax compromise gets passed in the dead of night. Next stop is Obama’s desk. Here’s the list of who voted how.

* Groupon is raising new funding at a valuation lower than the $6 billion offered by Google. That’s a big reason why Groupon should have taken the $6 billion offered by Google (FTC concerns or not).

* Advice time: What to do when you’re drunk at your partner’s holiday party

* SIFMA boss Tim Ryan discusses the impact of financial reform on deal-making

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