The deal, still awaiting regulatory approval, would give AT&T a national presence in the television business.
HP's $11.1 billion acquisition of the software maker devolved into allegations of accounting fraud.
Satoru Iwata is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor but is already handling some work while on the mend.
Stock sale puts Gates in second, behind fellow former CEO Steve Ballmer.
The merger of Kuadi Dache and Didi Dache is set to dominate smartphone-based transport services in the country.
The company wants investors to simply discard any proxy card sent to them from Carl Icahn in advance of the annual meeting in May.
Dan Akerson says Apple would find itself in a highly competitive market with low margins and high costs. He says Apple should stick to iPhones.
Apple's usually calm and collected CEO Tim Cook is reported to have reacted angrily to suggestions that Apple only act for profit in future.
Samsung has a hefty $56 billion in cash, but dividends may not be a priority. For 2015, its investor relations chief says, "our primary objective is growth."
The activist investor, who believes Apple shares should be valued at $216, called for Apple to boost its buybacks, using its huge stockpile of cash.