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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

Apple is once again being sued by its own investors – this time they're irked by the ebook price-fixing brouhaha. The lawsuit alleges the iThing maker part in the scandal harmed its reputation and thus shareholders' investments. According to a court filing obtained by journalist Jeff Roberts, Apple chief Tim Cook, executive Eddy …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2014

Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

Apple is once again facing a lawsuit, this time from its own shareholders over its no-poaching-of-staff pacts with rivals. A lawsuit [PDF] filed in California's San Jose District Court earlier this week claims the Cupertino giant misled investors and damaged the value of the company by striking a fishy hiring agreement with …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2014
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HP and shareholders to gang up against 'Brit Bill Gates'

Hewlett-Packard and its disgruntled shareholders have settled three lawsuits related to the $10.7bn acquisition of British search specialist Autonomy. But the Autonomy fight is not over – far from it. Both sides have now agreed to co-operate in "potential litigation" against Autonomy’s former CEO Mike Lynch and members of his …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2014
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HP clinches six week extension on whether to join shareholders' suit against Autonomy

HP has said that it has made decisions about how to proceed with a case brought by its shareholders over the $8.8bn writedown for the acquisition of Autonomy – but it wants six more weeks to mull them over. The company was given until last Friday to think about recommendations by a committee of independent directors over the …

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
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Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

Dell shareholders have given the green light to Mickey D to take the company he founded nearly three decades ago private – again. Approval from investors was never really in doubt after activist investor Carl Icahn, who seems more interested in Apple, revealed that he and partner SAM had given up the ownership battle, clearing …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013

Shareholders' advisors back Big Mike's deal to take Dell private

Dell continues to insist that founder Big Mike's offer to take the firm private is what's best for it, announcing today that proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), Glass Lewis and Egan Jones are all recommending it. “We are pleased that all three of the nation’s leading proxy advisory firms have …
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Shareholders hoping to squeeze cash from Kodak are deluded, says court

Kodak shareholders aren't going to get the chance to set up a committee to represent their interests in the reorganisation of the bankrupt firm. Investors in the bust camera firm were trying to get a US bankruptcy judge to allow them to set up the committee, after hearing of the current reorganisation plan, which would see them …

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California. The scathing missive alleges Hewlett-Packard has been "misleading" its shareholders about the reasons behind the computer giant's $8.8bn …
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2014
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Hey, HP shareholders! Mike Lynch is set to buy a 180-foot superyacht with his Autonomy loot

Mike Lynch, the man whose sale of software biz Autonomy to HP resulted in an $8.8bn writedown at the US titan and ongoing probes by the Serious Fraud Office, the US Justice Department and the SEC, is set to splash out some of his gains on an enormous yacht. Sources tell The Register that Lynch is engaged in purchasing a …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014
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Dell shareholders head in for second vote on Big Mike's plan

Dell shareholders are set to meet in Texas again today to see whether they can agree to go with Big Mike's plan to take the firm private or prefer to wait for a better offer. Investors are still pretty dubious about their founder's $24.4bn buyout offer for the firm, sources whispered to Reuters, with many feeling that the $13.65 …
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Clearwire board to shareholders: Go on, grab that Dish cash

The board of Clearwire has unanimously recommended that shareholders take the Dish cash, despite the fact that the broadband wireless firm's biggest shareholder is dead set against the deal. That shareholder is Sprint, which already owns the majority of Clearwire and has offered $3.40 per share for the rest. But, just days …
Bill Ray, 13 Jun 2013
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HP shareholders advised to give chairman Ray Lane the boot

Two leading proxy advisors are trying to convince HP shareholders to boot out several directors over the ill-fated acquisition of Autonomy, including chairman Ray Lane. ISS, the world's top proxy advisor - a firm hired by shareholders to make recommendations and sometimes cast votes on their behalf - has told HP stockholders to …
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Oracle suffers premature remuneration: Spaffs $900m on shareholders

Oracle is paying shareholders $867m in quarterly dividends early to beat a possible 2013 US tax hike. The company declared on Monday an accelerated second, third and fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.18 per share of outstanding common stock. The bonanza will be paid on 21 December 2012 instead of quarterly in 2013. Oracle’s …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Dec 2012
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Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

It's hard to be disappointed about quarterly revenues of $15.42bn – unless you're Google, that is, and the analysts expected you to bring in even more. The online ad-slinger underperformed in both revenue and earnings per share during the first quarter of its fiscal 2014, based on the average estimate gathered by Yahoo! Finance …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2014
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Dell buy-out latest: Big Mike makes shareholders an offer they can't refuse

Dell has once more put off the vote on whether company founder Big Mike can buy out the PC-making titan - after he and his biz partner Silver Lake Partners slightly upped their offer to shareholders and demanded a change to the voting rules. The computer giant's special board committee postponed the stockholder vote on Mikey …
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Cable & Wireless Worldwide shareholders OK Vodafone takeover

More than 99 per cent of voting shareholders have approved the takeover of Cable & Wireless Worldwide by Vodafone, despite suggestions that one of the largest was holding out for more money. Vodafone put £1,044m on the table at the end of April, but Orbis Investment Management threatened to vote its 19 per cent holding against …
Bill Ray, 19 Jun 2012
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Yahoo! punts! $3.6bn! to! shareholders! after! Alibaba! deal!

Yahoo! has closed the $7.6bn stage of its sale of stock to Alibaba, bagging $4.3bn in cash after taxes and fees. Alibaba has long wanted the share in its stock sold back to Yahoo! so it can have greater independence and go for its own stock market flotation in the next few years. But it took over two years of negotiations for …
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HP knew Autonomy was a duff buy, claim HP shareholders in $1bn suit

HP ignored numerous warning signs about the state of Autonomy's finances and accounting irregularities at the firm before acquiring it for $11bn, shareholders have alleged in a $1bn lawsuit. The investors are suing HP's current CEO Meg Whitman, her predecessor Leo Apotheker, former HP chairman Ray Lane and Autonomy founder Mike …
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MetroPCS shareholders approve sweetened T-Mobile merger

Shareholders in US mobile minnow MetroPCS have approved an improved offer from Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA subsidiary after the Germans sweetened the terms of their offer. Institutional investors had balked at the merger, saying it loaded the company down with too much debt. But Bloomberg reports they have accepted a deal …
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2013

Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

A BlackBerry shareholder has filed a lawsuit accusing the company and its chief exec and CFO of inflating its share price with unrealistic promises about BB10, leading to thousands of investors getting burnt. The suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan, New York, by one Marvin Pearlstein, in the names of "thousands" of …
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2013

HP shareholders bay for blood in $19 BEELLION writedown aftermath

Hewlett-Packard investors are rearing up against Meg Whitman’s board, demanding senior heads roll over several multi-billion-dollar failed acquisitions, including HP's 2011 $11bn buy of Brit software company Autonomy - which it wrote down to the tune of $8.8bn late last year. The Autonomy writedown at the tail-end of 2012 was HP …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2013

HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

Hewlett-Packard seems poised to settle a lawsuit with shareholders over its $10.7bn purchase of Mike Lynch’s software company, Autonomy. The computer company said in a statement that it is in “serious discussions” to settle the suit, brought in November 2012 by angry shareholders. “No final deal has been reached yet,” HP said …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2014
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European Commission okays Oracle's MICROS gobble

Oracle's US$5bn purchase of integrated hardware-maker MICROS has been approved by the European Commission. News of the approval, which landed last Friday, doesn't mean the deal is over the line: Oracle is still reminding shareholders that its offer expires on Tuesday, September 2nd. If Oracle does gobble MICROS it will give the …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2014

Alibaba: Just kidding about that $21bn IPO ... we actually want $25bn

Chinese web bazaar Alibaba has raised the goal for its upcoming stock market debut in the US. The company said in an updated filing to US financial watchdog the SEC that it is now seeking out a maximum per share price of $68 – setting its initial public offering goal to $25.03bn. The company previously sought to haul in $21bn …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

Sony yesterday endured a fiery annual general meeting at which investors heckled CEO Kazuo Hirai. Over a decade of strife, the Japanese giant has become a byword for red ink, failed turnarounds and missed boats. Rivals like Samsung and LG have thrashed it in old markets like televisions while Apple beat it into new markets like …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014

HP gets 'Playboy model and the ex-CEO' lawsuit kicked out ... AGAIN

A lawsuit against HP over alleged violations of an internal ethics code relating to ex-CEO Mark Hurd’s alleged misbehaviour has been dismissed once again after shareholders failed to make their case. The shareholder plaintiffs alleged securities fraud for the second time, claiming that back in 2006 when HP adopted a “Standards …
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Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu

HP's plan to defend its directors in the Autonomy scandal – and present a united front against the Brit business's former execs and their auditors – has been thrown into doubt by a US judge. Last month HP announced a settlement with lawyers representing its own shareholders, who had brought legal action against HP: the …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2014

Autonomy's ex-chief beancounter tries to kill HP investor settlement

Autonomy's former chief financial officer has sought to block HP from settling three shareholder lawsuits over its botched acquisition of the British software company. The former exec claims HP will use the settlements to "forever bury" its supposed culpability in the calamitous buy. Sushovan Hussain, who served as Autonomy's …
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014

Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will acquire software house Compuware for about US$2.5bn. Shareholders will be delivered about $10.92 per share, a 17 per cent premium on last week's closing price for Compuware stock - not bad for a company once known as "the elephants' graveyard". Compuware chair Gurminder S. Bedi's canned …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014
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Bolshy investor pushes Juniper Networks into restructuring plan

Juniper Networks has bowed to pressure from hedge fund Elliott Management, accepting demands from the fund, apparently including appointing two directors it proposed. Elliott has been campaigning for change at the company, recommending that it return some of its capital to shareholders and nominating two directors to the board. …
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Telstra shareholders pass deal with Oz government

Telstra shareholders have, with some quibbles from the floor, approved the proposed $AU11 billion deal between the carrier, the government, and NBN Co. Under the deal, some aspects of which which are still being mulled by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Telstra will receive $AU11 billion at net present value …

AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

Oracle’s soon-to-be-ex-CEO Larry Ellison took home slightly less money in fiscal 2014 than the previous year, after some rumblings of criticism at the sizeable nature of his big package. The poor billionaire bagged just $67.3m in compensation, instead of the $78.4m he managed to make off with in fiscal 2013, a markdown of 15.5 …
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Shareholders! attempt! Yahoo! coup!

Troublemaking Yahoo! shareholder Daniel Loeb, head of hedge fund Third Point, has filed with the SEC to appoint himself - and three other directors nominated by him - to the board of the beleaguered web firm. Loeb has been a constant agitator of Yahoo! since the web biz first wobbled, and called for the resignations of co- …
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NO SALE! Rackspace snubs all buyout offers, appoints new CEO

Rackspace says it has given up on plans to either sell itself or merge with another company, and to prove it the cloud hosting provider has named a new CEO to lead its next phase of independent operation. Rackspace had been considering "inbound strategic proposals" – meaning buyout offers – since May, when it brought in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014

PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay over the fate of PayPal has hit the media, after Icahn claimed that he'd "never seen worse corporate governance" at another firm. Speaking to CNBC television, Icahn criticised the firm's governance policy and also said that eBay chief exec John Donahoe shouldn't have …
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Autonomy ex-moneyman: 'Visionary' Léo would have made HP merger work

The former chief financial officer of Autonomy has struck back against HP's claims that he defrauded it and its shareholders, arguing that HP's execs were solely responsible for bungling the company's $10.2bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. "HP's Opposition swells with bile, but its sound and fury signify nothing," lawyers for …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014
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HP settles lawsuit after Mad Leo's WebOS and PC biz shenanigans

HP has agreed to pay $57m to shareholders miffed by the management of Leo Apotheker. This comes after the plaintiffs sued the firm for defrauding them by abandoning its business model. The investors launched a class action suit after former chief Apotheker shocked them, and the rest of the tech world, by announcing plans in …
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Novell shareholders approve Attachmate buyout

The shareholders of beleaguered systems software supplier Novell has approved the $2.2bn takeover of the company by Attachmate. According to an 8K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholders representing 68.1 percent of the 352.8 million outstanding shares of Novell showed up for the special meeting or …
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Chuh! 'Grossly inadequate': Time Warner Cable rejects $62bn hostile takeover bid

Time Warner Cable has rejected a hostile takeover bid from Charter Communications, calling its $62bn offer "grossly inadequate". Charter yesterday formally offered to buy up its rival for $132.50 a share, including $83 in cash and the rest in its own stock, after months of acquisition talks between the companies. But Time …
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Apple shareholders nix disclosure of Jobs succession plan

Apple shareholders have rejected a proposal that would have required the company to disclose its CEO succession plans. So we still have no way of knowing how the company is handling the ongoing health problems facing current CEO and spiritual leader Steve Jobs. The succession plan proposal was floated by the Central Laborers' …
Cade Metz, 23 Feb 2011
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HP extends deadline as Autonomy shareholders drag feet

HP has extended the acceptance deadline for its Autonomy bid as fewer than half the UK software developers' shareholders approved the £7bn deal. Yesterday's closing date for agreeing on HP's £25.50 per share offer made on 19 August passed with just 42 per cent of Autonomy investors giving the thumbs-up, despite the deal …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2011

eBay stockholders! There's MORE to COME, thunders Carl Icahn

Activist investor Carl Icahn is continuing his campaign to get eBay to spin off PayPal, writing yet another letter to shareholders that said he hadn't even begun to fight to get his way. "Stockholders, please stay tuned. There is more to come – much more," Icahn threatened in his latest open letter (emphasis his own). The …

Icahn and I DID: eBay does about turn, spins PayPal into separate biz

eBay has spun off its PayPal subsidiary after months of telling “noisy” activist investor Carl Icahn to shut up about it because it would never happen. With absolutely no sense of irony or tip of the hat to Icahn whatsoever, the online tat bazaar’s chief John Donahoe said in a statement today that a strategic review of the board …
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TIBCO ponders new 'financial options', including sale or merger

It's hard to be a mid-sized enterprise software vendor these days. BCM last year went private and Compuware this week announced it would walk the same road. TIBCO looks set to do something similar, after on Wednesday announcing “a review of a variety of strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company through the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2014
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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

A hedge fund is urging Yahoo! to form a "strategic combination" with fellow internet dinosaur AOL – just as Yahoo! announced it was killing off its founding feature, created about 20 years ago. In an open letter to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, investment house Starboard Value asked her to consider making a number of moves it thinks …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014
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Apple shareholders call for transparent CEO 'succession plans'

Apple is advising its shareholders to vote against a proposal to reveal a “succession-planning policy” for the company’s CEO. Meanwhile, the firm’s current boss Steve Jobs, who owns 5.5m shares in the iPhone maker, saw $1 slipped into his pay packet in 2010. That figure matches the annual reward he has received since 1997 for …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2011
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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

Activist investor Carl Icahn has gone to war with the pensioners of California over his bid to get his grubby mitts on Apple's mammoth money pot. The moneyman wants Apple to launch a $50bn share buyback, which would give shareholders a profitable but brief payday. But the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014

Apple shareholders demand CEO succession plan

Later today Apple's board will be asked to reveal its plans for replacing the company's absent boss Steve Jobs. The current CEO is on medical leave from Cupertino for the third time in the past seven years. The Apple chief told staff in January that the company board had agreed to his taking time off from the Mac and iPhone …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2011

Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

Oracle's Larry Ellison, one of the world’s richest men and best-paid CEOs in the US, is getting his pay cut by more than half. The database giant's chief executive has been awarded just 3 million stock options by its compensation committee in its annual review process. That’s down from 7 million the year before and every year …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2014