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    1. Board Removes Ability For Shareholders To Force Vote On Fox Offer

      Board Removes Ability For Shareholders To Force Vote On Fox Offer

      Time Warner's board just changed the company's bylaws to prevent a small group of shareholders from forcing a vote on Fox's offer for the company.

      The new amendment, which is effective immediately, removed a standard provision that allows 15% of the company's shareholders to vote to call a "special meeting," in this case one that could have been devoted to evaluating the Fox offer.

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    2. Bill Ackman Prepares 'The Most Important Presentation' Of His Career On Herbalife (HLF)

      Bill Ackman Prepares 'The Most Important Presentation' Of His Career On Herbalife (HLF)

      Activist investor Bill Ackman said tomorrow he will give "the most important presentation" of his career.

      "You're going to learn why herbalife is going to collapse," he said.

      Ackman has been short Herbalife — a maker of health shakes — since late 2012.

      Since that time, Ackman has waged a constant campaign against the company, arguing that it's actually an illegal pyramid scheme.

      Now he's claiming that he's ready to deliver a final death blow against the company.

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    3. Apple CEO Tim Cook Is 'Actively' Looking For New People On Apple's Board

      Apple CEO Tim Cook Is 'Actively' Looking For New People On Apple's Board

      Tim Cook is quietly looking for members to join one of America's most exclusive corporate clubs: Apple's Board of Directors.

      "According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple's eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs," according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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    4. JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon Has Throat Cancer (JPM)

      JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon Has Throat Cancer (JPM)

      JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has curable throat cancer, CNBC first reported.

      "The cancer is confined to the original site and the adjacent lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. Importantly, there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body," Dimon said in a note to JPMorgan investors and employees.

      "The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is excellent, the cancer was caught quickly, and my condition is curable," he said.

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    5. It Looks Like Bill Ackman Just Got A Huge Ally In His Fight For Botox-Maker Allergan

      It Looks Like Bill Ackman Just Got A Huge Ally In His Fight For Botox-Maker Allergan

      Reuters is reporting that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has bought 6 million shares of Allergan, or about a 2% stake.

      They're also reporting that Paulson supports an Allergan/Valeant deal.

      Paulson, who is a closely-followed fund manager, could be a big ally for Bill Ackman.

      Back in April, Ackman, the activist investor who runs $12 billion Pershing Square Capital Management, teamed up with Valeant Pharmaceuticals to pursue a hostile takeover of Allergan, the maker of Botox.

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    6. Facebook's Directors Can Allegedly Pay Themselves Up To $156 Million Each In Stock (FB)

      Facebook's Directors Can Allegedly Pay Themselves Up To $156 Million Each In Stock (FB)

      Facebook's board of directors can theoretically award themselves stock worth up to $156 million per person, according to a lawsuit filed in Maryland which alleges the compensation is excessive and wasteful.

      The suit, described by Bloomberg, demands the assets be returned to the company and "meaningful limits" put on directors' ability to award their own pay. A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters, "The lawsuit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

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    7. T-Mobile's CEO Explains Why A Merger With Sprint Makes Sense

      T-Mobile's CEO Explains Why A Merger With Sprint Makes Sense

      According to multiple reports, Sprint has agreed to buy T-Mobile for $40 per share , or about $32 billion. The deal isn't official yet, but the companies will likely make a formal announcement in July or August. It's not the first time T-Mobile has gone through this dance. In 2011, the Justice Department blocked AT&T from buying T-Mobile in a $39 billion deal, saying it would reduce competition ...

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    8. Carl Icahn Ups Stake In Apple By Nearly 60%

      Carl Icahn Ups Stake In Apple By Nearly 60%

      Carl Icahn disclosed some details of his positions in ebay, Herbalife and Apple this afternoon. The activist investor's latest 13-F filing lists a previously undisclosed stake in ebay worth $1.5. He also increased his Apple holdings by nearly 60% to $4 billion stake, and increased his shares in Herbalife by less than 1% to $974 million. Here's the run-down via Bloomberg: Join the conversation ...

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    9. This Is The Wild Coca-Cola Executive Compensation Plan That Warren Buffett Is Having Killed

      This Is The Wild Coca-Cola Executive Compensation Plan That Warren Buffett Is Having Killed

      This week we learned that if Warren Buffett has a problem with you, he prefers to handle it privately over a steak dinner in Omaha.

      Because publicly, it seemed that Buffett wasn't going to do anything about the Coca-Cola executive compensation plan that, according to some detractors, might dilute shareholders up to 16.6% and hand execs up to $24 billion worth of stock at today's share price.

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    10. For 15 Months Of Work, Marissa Mayer's Compensation As CEO Of Yahoo Has Been $214 Million

      For 15 Months Of Work, Marissa Mayer's Compensation As CEO Of Yahoo Has Been $214 Million

      Steven Davidoff at the New York Times took a look at Marissa Mayer's pay package as CEO of Yahoo, and came away with a rather stunning conclusion.  Mayer's pay from Yahoo has totaled an estimated $214 million .  Mayer's pay package comes via stock grants and options. When she was hired, the stock was  $15.78 per share. Today, it's at $36. Here's how he got to his total: As a result of the rise ...

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    11. Activist Investor Brilliantly Sleep Shames Bank Chairman For Dozing Off During Annual Meeting

      Activist Investor Brilliantly Sleep Shames Bank Chairman For Dozing Off During Annual Meeting

      Part of being an activist investor is convincing the board of a company that changes must be made. Some people do it wrong, some people do it right. From Joseph Stilwell, founder of Stilwell Value Partners, we have an example of how it is done right. Stilwell launched an activist campaign against Wisconsin-based Harvard Illinois Bancorp in 2012. According to government filings, as of last month ...

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    12. Icahn: eBay Is Using 'Tricks And Technicalities To Keep Documentary Evidence Of Malfeasance Out Of The Hands Of ...

      Icahn: eBay Is Using 'Tricks And Technicalities To Keep Documentary Evidence Of Malfeasance Out Of The Hands Of ...

      For the last several weeks, activist investor Carl Icahn, eBay, and board member Marc Andreessen have been exchanging increasingly dramatic open letters, with Icahn insisting that eBay needs to replace its board of directors — in particular Andreessen and Scott Cook. Icahn doesn't think that eBay should have sold part of Skype to an investment group that Andreessen was part of. Today, Icahn ...

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    13. The Truth About Whether Marc Andreessen Cheated eBay Shareholders Out Of $4 Billion

      The Truth About Whether Marc Andreessen Cheated eBay Shareholders Out Of $4 Billion

      This week, activist investor Carl Icahn wrote two open letters to eBay's shareholders shredding eBay's board of directors and, in particular, Marc Andreessen. In the first, he questioned Andreessen's loyalty to the company, bringing up two situations where Andreessen "purchased large stakes" in former eBay companies, "reaping significant personal riches...

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    14. Peltz revives bid to split PepsiCo

      Peltz revives bid to split PepsiCo

      (Reuters) - Nelson Peltz has resumed his call to break up PepsiCo Inc less than a week after the maker of Pepsi-Cola and Lay's potato chips said it would not spin off its North-American beverage business.  The snack and drink giant confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP sent a 37-page letter to its board of directors on Wednesday.

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    15. Janet Yellen Makes Her First Comments As The The New US Fed Chief Tomorrow — Here's What You Need To Know

      Janet Yellen Makes Her First Comments As The The New US Fed Chief Tomorrow — Here's What You Need To Know

      On Tuesday, Janet Yellen will offer her first public remarks as chair of the Federal Reserve in the central bank's semi-annual testimony before Congress on monetary policy.

      No one expects much new information to come from the event, which means the market reaction could be limited, barring any unexpected curveballs.

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    16. Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do (MSFT)

      Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do (MSFT)

      Microsoft is an insanely profitable company standing on the edge of disaster. It desperately needs new thinking.  With word that 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is likely the new CEO, attention turns to the leadership of the company's board of directors. It will have two former CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer...

       

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