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 company wants investors to simply discard any proxy card sent to them from Carl Icahn in advance of the annual meeting in May.
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.
Most of Apple's record revenue came from its smartphone business, but it's tricky for any company to rely so much on one product.
Apple also reveals that CEO Tim Cook's total compensation more than doubled last year to $9.22 million, while retail chief Angela Ahrendts made $73.4 million.
The approval paves the way for Vodafone to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications.
CEO Satya Nadella's comment that female employees should trust in karma opened Microsoft's eyes to unconscious bias.