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Icahn folds, withdraws sketchy $50 billion AAPL stock buyback grab

Carl Icahn has withdrawn his proposal for a $50 billion share buyback from Apple after a recommendation against the plan from advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services. While disappointed at the recommendation, Icahn said that he did not disagree with ISS's assessment of the situation.

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Apple may split its stock and become a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- but it doesn’t matter

There’s an interesting story over at Businessweek talking about the possibility of Apple splitting its stock price, and possibly even earning a coveted spot as one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). This is all due to a research piece that Toni Sacconaghi, the Apple analyst at Bernstein, published recently.

The gist of the story? Sacconaghi makes the interesting point that Apple is the only dividend-paying company with a market cap over $215 billion that isn’t included in the Dow. But if it were included in the index, its would command a large weighting. This is because the DJIA uses stock price as the weighting mechanism. The solution is for Apple to split its stock in order to improve its chances of being added to the index.

Other technology companies in the index include Cisco, Microsoft, HP, IBM and Intel. Given that Apple is not only the largest company in the world (by market cap), shouldn't it be included?

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Stock-holding Apple employees to enjoy dividends too

Not too long ago, Apple announced that they would be dishing out $2.65 per share to regular Apple stockholders, but even those within Apple that own restricted stock units will be getting a little something.

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Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall sells 95% of his current restricted shares

Scott Forstall, Apple's high-profile Senior Vice President of iOS software, has sold off $38.7 million-worth of previously-restricted Apple stock according to recent security filings. Forstall had sold off about $33 million-worth of stock in March when the restriction first lifted, and the final sale here here leaves him with 5% of the 120,000 shares he was first given in 2008. Forstall still has another 100,000 restricted stock units that will be ready to sell in 2014 and another 150,000, half of which will vest in 2013 and the other in 2016.

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Apple execs sell off half a million shares for around $314 million

Tim Cook isn't the only one cashing in Apple stock these days; Senior VP of marketing, Phil Schiller, CFO Peter Openheimer, VP of hardware engineering Robert Mansfield, and VP of iOS software Scott Forstall recently had the restrictions on some of their stocks removed, resulting in a sizable sell-off between March 24 and March 26. Even Cook sold off a few more.

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Apple stock tops $500 for all-time record high

Apple's stock (AAPL) hit an all-time high this morning, passing $500 based on rumors of an iPad 3 announcement in early March and their recent $46 billion in revenue, 37 million iPhone sales quarter.

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Stock Talk 02: Apple value, RIM results, Android uptake

Chris, Ed, and Rene talk Apple value, RIM's latest results, the uptake of Android, webOS going open source, Microsoft's mobile chances, HTML5 platforms, the future of LTE, and the year ahead. This is Mobile Nations Stock Talk.

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Jailbreak innovation: still the future of iOS

At WWDC 2011 Apple once again "borrowed" a lot of great ideas from the Jailbreak community and gave them to iOS 5, including lock screen info, notifications, WiFi sync, volume buttons to take pictures, and a lot more. That's not a bad thing -- I even asked them to do exactly that this year. Whether you jailbreak or not, whether you realize it or not, the jailbreak community benefits all iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users -- pure and jailbreak alike.

Follow along to find out why.

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