Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs embroiled in stock ‘backdating’ scandal

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Steve Jobs' stock demands changed some people's view of the tech innovator.
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August 29August 29, 2001: An Apple board meeting takes place, during which Steve Jobs is awarded new stock options which become part of a big “backdating” scandal several years later.

When the matter makes court, Apple’s former general counsel pays $2.2 to settle the charges that she had backdated stock options for Jobs, herself and others — as well as creating fake paperwork to hide this fact.

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Warren Buffett is betting big on Apple

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Berkshire Hathaway's investment in Apple could send the price back up.
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Some of the world’s biggest investors have ditched their Apple shares lately, but where others see doom and gloom Warren Buffett sees an opportunity to make some serious money. 

Warren Buffet’s legendary investment firm Berkshire Hathaway has taken a large position in Apple stock, scooping up 9.81 million shares, worth about $1.07 billion.

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Apple stock hit with biggest drop since 2013

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Apple shares are taking a dive.
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Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings have been disasterous for the company’s share price, as AAPL stock suffered its worst week in three years.

Wall Street has suddenly soured on Apple, including Carl Icahn, who revealed earlier this week that he dumped all of his shares. With investors offloading shares, the company watched its market capitalization shrink by $65 billion in a mere three days, which is about the equivalent of Cambondia’s net wealth. 

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Mega-investor Carl Icahn gives up on AAPL

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Apple shares are taking a dive.
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Apple’s biggest cheerleader on Wall Street, Carl Icahn, is getting rid of all of his AAPL shares after the iPhone-maker reported its first year-over-year decline in revenues for the first time in 13 years.

The iconic investors has insisted for years that Apple shares are grossly undervalued and has made over $3.4 billion investing in Apple. Now Carl is throwing in the towel even though he still thinks the stock is ridiculously cheap.

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Two top Apple execs score big (and one giant) payday

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Turns out there's a lot of money to be made at Apple. Who knew?
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Apple’s Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri both dumped large amounts of AAPL stock this month — prompting speculation that those inside Apple aren’t confident that the share price is bouncing back to all-time high levels any time soon.

Although, as usual, such fears are almost certainly greatly exaggerated.

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Here’s definitive proof of Apple’s legendary reality distortion field

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What AAPL stock looked at close Monday.
What AAPL stock looked at close Monday.
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You might remember that on Monday, AAPL stock had a bit of a bad day before rebounding. It wasn’t just a bad day for Apple stock, though: Fueled by fears of a total collapse of the Chinese stock market, the whole S&P 500 collapsed that day.

In the first 24 hours, only Apple rebounded. It’s proof positive of Apple’s fabled “reality distortion field.”

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