Satoru Iwata is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor but is already handling some work while on the mend.
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.
The approval paves the way for Vodafone to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications.
Shareholders will vote in February on investor Carl Icahn's "non-binding" proposal to increase Apple's stock buyback program to $50 billion.
A pre-summer gathering of stockholders will put Mark Zuckerberg and company in the hot seat.
The company's second-annual stockholder gathering will feature an agenda of gripes and changes as suggested by shareholders.
An overwhelming number of shareholders vote in favor of selling Nokia's Devices business.
Twitter has been banned from China since 2009, but could be an extremely lucrative market for the service if the ban could be lifted.
The company's annual shareholders meeting kicks off tomorrow, but a high-profile item is no longer on the agenda.