Thanks for checking in with us for this early morning linkfest.  Good luck out there today.

Is the Zipcar (ZIP) deal a sign that some froth has returned to the IPO scene?  (Dealbook)

Google (GOOG) is paying the price to try and remain competitive.  (WSJ, ibid, SAI)

Microsoft (MSFT) is cheap, very cheap.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Why is Cisco (CSCO) “killing the Flip and not selling it?”  (David Pogue)

Ireland catches a downgrade.  (FT Alphaville, Smart Money Europe)

Is UK austerity a model for what might happen in the US?  (Money Game)

The end of QE2 and a potential rally in the US dollar.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

On the downside of paying for performance.  (naked capitalism)

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