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Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn presses Apple for bigger share buyback

Activist investor Carl Icahn is trying to get more cash out of Apple, revealing plans to force a shareholder vote on returning more money to investors.

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The Big Six: Vintage airstreams, nomadic lifestyles, and hammocks

Album review: Jonas Kaufmann, The Verdi Album (Sony)

Murder, humiliation, self-sacrifice, revenge … it’s all in  a day’s work for Verdi’s heroes and villains, given voice on this full-throttle compilation by the go-to tenor of his generation.

Dell founder takes 3rd largest PC-maker private in $25bn deal

Michael Dell hopes to diversify the company's products and services in the face of a declining market for PCs

Icahn finally admits defeat in battle to stop Dell going private

For months now, it has been one of the most high-profile battles on Wall Street: Carl Icahn, the activist investor, leading the opposition to Michael Dell’s plan to take the computer giant he founded private as it struggles to deal with the drop-off in PC sales. But yesterday Mr Icahn finally threw in the towel after a series of defeats.

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Nikhil Kumar: Grand bargain? Barack Obama’s corporate tax wheeze is more a grand fantasy

The only way big companies will pay even 28 per cent is if politicians close every loophole

The Business Matrix: Thursday 1 August 2013

Hugo Boss pins hopes on women

Dell ships Project Ophelia: a HDMI plug-in that streams computers from the cloud

The device is being released to beta testers and will be capable of running virtual computers via the cloud

Dell founder ups his offer to take over PC maker

Michael Dell bowed to shareholder pressure yesterday in his battle to take the computer maker he founded private, but warned that his raised offer for Dell was the "best and final proposal".

Dell buyout vote delayed as more supporters are sought

Dell has announced an eleventh-hour delay to a shareholder vote on its founder Michael Dell’s $24.4bn (£16bn) offer to buy the computing giant.

Nikhil Kumar: America is getting back to work, but there aren’t jobs out at the margins

Global Outlook: Washington’s policies are playing havoc with the well-being of those trying to find work

Mr Snowden, who leaked details of US internet surveillance to a British newspaper, posted the messages under a pseudonym during the eight years that he worked for the CIA and the NSA.

Revealed: Whistleblower Edward Snowden posted comments attacking citizen surveillance while working for CIA

Snowden posted the messages under a pseudonym during the eight years that he worked for the CIA and the NSA

Paperback review: Canada, By Richard Ford

This is pretty much a faultless novel in its characterisation, plotting, and narrative tension.

Ichan piles on the pressure in Dell battle

Activist investor Carl Ichan has teamed with another large shareholder in Dell to put forward an alternative to Michael Dell’s plans to take the struggling computer giant private in a $24.4bn (£16bn) deal.

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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