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Activist Investor Wants to Scrub Entire Yahoo Board

Starboard says it's got 9 nominees to take over for floundering Internet company

(Newser) - Yahoo's entire board of directors should be swapped out, per an activist investor, and the AP reports that Starboard Value is going to nominate nine new board members Thursday, ratcheting up tensions between itself and the beleaguered Internet giant. The Wall Street Journal says it reviewed a letter from... More »

Icahn: eBay Brass Should Resign Out of 'Pure Decency'

Investor accuses board of improprieties

(Newser) - EBay's board is so rife with conflicts of interest that Carl Icahn penned a scathing open letter today, escalating his campaign to force the online auctioneer to spin off PayPal. Icahn bought a 2% stake in eBay last month, and had been preparing to fight for two board seats,... More »

Microsoft Behind Court War on Us: Google

Google antitrust complaints linked to rival

(Newser) - As Google faces a slew of antitrust suits from US and European companies with connections to rival Microsoft, the search engine giant believes Microsoft is "scouring court dockets around the world looking for complaints against Google into which they can inject themselves," a Google spokesman tells the Wall ... More »

Deal Puts Icahn on Yahoo Board

Activist investor gets seats for 2 allies

(Newser) - Yahoo will add two seats to its board of directors and put Carl Icahn in one of them, reports the Wall Street Journal, in a deal that ends Icahn’s proxy fight. Eight of Yahoo’s current board members, including CEO Jerry Yang, will keep their seats, while a ninth... More »

Yahoo Takes Icahn Fight to Homepage

Link shows decline in businesses he's worked with

(Newser) - A new button on Yahoo's homepage links users to the company's case against activist investor Carl Icahn, PC World reports. Icahn is seeking to unseat Yahoo's board at its Aug. 1 general meeting. The page links to voting forms and leaves shareholders in no doubt how the company thinks they... More »

Yang Slams 'Destabilizing' Microsoft Plan

CEO accuses Icahn-allied giant of pretending to want deal

(Newser) - Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang launched a fresh offensive in the Yahoo-Microsoft war of words yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft has said it would be interested in reopening merger talks if Yahoo's current board was replaced—but the Yahoo co-founder accuses the company of tactics to destabilize Yahoo without... More »

InBev Brews Plan to Oust Anheuser-Busch Directors

Company turns to shareholders in merger

(Newser) - InBev is turning up the heat in its $46.35-billion attempt to take over St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, seeking to replace the company's board with a new slate of directors. The move aims to allow shareholders a direct say on the merger bid that was spurned last month, reports the Wall ... More »

Yahoo's Defensive Stance: Microsoft 'Inconsistent' in Bid

Company gives take on negotiation as clock ticks on Icahn proxy fight

(Newser) - As it tries to fend off investor Carl Icahn's attempt to replace its board of directors, Yahoo today presented its version of buyout negotiations with Microsoft to shareholders, MarketWatch reports. Yahoo portrayed Microsoft as “unresponsive, inconsistent,” and loose on logistic details of the proposed merger. "The record... More »

Yang's First Year Leaves Many 'Disillusioned'

Microsoft fiasco most public of Yahoo's woes; '09 could be tougher

(Newser) - Yahoo’s stock has slipped 16.5%, the company might as well be wearing a sign that says “take me over,” and there’s a line of shareholders waiting to sue for what they say was a mishandled non-deal with suitor Microsoft, Fortune reports—not quite the scenario... More »

Icahn: Yahoo Poison Pill 'Reprehensible'

But pricey severance plan kicks in if Icahn wins proxy fight, Yahoo says

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn yesterday called Yahoo’s poison-pill severance plan, designed to deter hostile takeovers, “reprehensible,” the Wall Street Journal reports, but Yahoo said the measure would kick in if Icahn wins control of the board. "Now they found a way to entrench themselves forever,"... More »

Yahoo Chair Hits Back at Icahn

Says corporate raider 'grossly' distorted, lacks 'credible plan' other than Microsoft sale

(Newser) - The chairman of Yahoo's board was quick to fire back at accusations leveled by Carl Icahn yesterday, reports the New York Times. An open letter from Roy Bostock to the corporate raider said Icahn's claim that Yahoo's board had sabotaged a Microhoo deal grossly distorted the board's position, and went... More »

Icahn to Yang: I've Got Your Pink Slip

Says Jerry wrecked Microsoft deal, and he's out if proxy bid wins

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants Jerry Yang out of Yahoo's CEO seat, and has a pink slip waiting if his proxy action to take over the board is successful, reports the Wall Street Journal. Icahn yesterday unleashed a torrent of criticism of Yang’s role in the aborted Microsoft buyout... More »

Feds Approve Icahn's Yahoo Stock Buys

Activist investor plans additional $2.5B outlay to boost proxy bid

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission gave Carl Icahn approval to purchase additional chunks of Yahoo stock, part of the activist investor's plan to gain control of the company's board and perhaps force a sale, MarketWatch reports. Icahn already owns 59 million Yahoo shares and options and is reportedly seeking 93 million... More »

Yahoo Postpones Boardroom Showdown

Company buys more time to prepare for proxy battle

(Newser) - Yahoo has pushed back its annual shareholder meeting for a second time, reports Forbes, delaying a showdown for control of its board. One of Yahoo's 10 directors resigned yesterday, leaving nine up for re-election at the meeting. Carl Icahn has nominated an alternate slate of directors, including himself, and will... More »

Oilman Pickens Throws in With Icahn in Fight to Control Yahoo

'I'll jump in with Carl' on proxy issue, he says

(Newser) - Carl Icahn's proxy bid to replace Yahoo’s board won the backing of legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal, but without a firm offer from Microsoft to acquire Yahoo the effort could still struggle. "I'll jump in with Carl. He goes in first, I... More »

Yahoo Says Icahn Doesn't Understand Full Picture

Billionaire investor launches bid to oust board

(Newser) - Hours after Carl Icahn began his quest to take over Yahoo’s board, the company issued a statement saying he has a "significant misunderstanding" of the recent Microsoft purchase offer, the Wall Street Journal reports. Icahn wants to unseat the current Yahoo board, replace it with one of his... More »

Icahn to Move Ahead With Yahoo Proxy Fight

Billionaire has lined up 12 people for a new board

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn will move ahead with his plan to unseat Yahoo's current board of directors and force a sale to Microsoft, Reuters reports. Icahn, who has bought about 50 million Yahoo shares since Microsoft withdrew its offer May 3, has lined up 12 members for his dissident board... More »

Analysts Doubt Icahn's Proxy Prospects

Investor's attempt to force Yahoo sale could seriously hurt its value

(Newser) - Analysts are doubtful financier Carl Icahn could successfully force Yahoo back to the table with Microsoft after taking a stake in the search giant, MarketWatch reports. "A successful proxy battle is a bit like a scorched earth policy,' one analyst says. " You may win the battle but... More »

Icahn Eyeing Proxy Battle for Yahoo

Billionaire investor has bought 50 million shares since Microsoft backed off

(Newser) - Billionaire Carl Icahn, fresh off his successful battle to reshuffle Motorola’s board, may launch a proxy fight for control of Yahoo after buying some 50 million shares of Yahoo since Microsoft’s failed takeover bid, reports the Wall Street Journal. The deadline for board nominations is Thursday. Icahn may... More »

Icahn Grabs Yahoo Stake, Could Try to Force Sale

Investor has bought 4% interest since Microsoft dropped bid; decision tomorrow

(Newser) - A new player has entered the Microsoft-Yahoo epic, the Wall Street Journal reports: billionaire investor Carl Icahn. He has bought about a 4% stake in Yahoo since Microsoft withdrew its offer to buy on May 3. Icahn will decide by tomorrow whether to launch an attempt to take over Yahoo's... More »

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