The deal, still awaiting regulatory approval, would give AT&T a national presence in the television business.
Revenue in China helps boost the company to a record second quarter, but the iPad remains a weak spot for Apple.
People may be curious about the Apple Watch, which got delivered to customers around the world on April 24. But when it comes to money, Apple's first wearable won't even be a blip in its financials.
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.
Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager says she doesn't want to rush a decision in investigations to determine whether Apple and other companies violated European Union tax rules.
The company gives shareholders even more to be happy about with a dividend increase and new funds to buy back shares.
Ma's company currently has more than 34,000 employees. The hiring freeze will last through at least the end of 2015.
Apple plans to boost the amount of cash it's returning to shareholders by 54 percent to $200 billion, but that doesn't seem to be enough for Carl Icahn.
The company lost 126 billion yen ($1.05 billion) in the fiscal year ended in March, but it expects to turn that around with a 140 billion yen profit next fiscal year.