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  • Apple, Back Dating, Steve Jobs

    The New York City Employees’’ Retirement System Thinks Jobs Blows (If We Have To Make Mountains Out Of Molehills We Will Do It And You Will Like It)

    The Steve Jobs/backdating thing held our interest for a while but ultimately tapered off because of the all talk, no action nature of the whole situation. Yes, we get that it’s hard to take (literal) shots at the man who brought us the singular sensation that is the PC half of the “I’m A MAC, […]

    / Jan 24, 2007 at 3:10 PM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs’s Catch-22

    There’s admittedly been a lot of backdating talk around these parts of late (and mostly of the will they/won’t they Steve Jobs sort). Backdating this. Backdating that. Carney, Larry Ribstein, and Holman Jenkins (of the eponymous “Backdating Dissident Crew”) think Jobs has done nothing wrong. Everyone besides Carney, Ribstein, and Jenkins wants Jobs to fry. […]

    / Jan 16, 2007 at 11:25 AM
  • Apple, Back Dating, legal, Steve Jobs

    Backdating and the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

    The early reactions to news that federal authorities are probing the backdated stock option grants to Apple CEO Steve Jobs are coming in. Not surprisingly, the best reactions are coming from the Backdating Dissident Crew (which now includes Jobs himself). Larry Ribstein at Ideoblog makes the point that no-one negotiating their salary really gives a […]

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 3:05 PM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Steve Jobs

    Shocker! Steve Jobs Says Apple’s Backdating Won’t Affect Current Management

    Here’s CNBC’s sit down with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. There’s lots of talk about the iPhone, of course. But in the final minutes (at around the 5:15 mark in this clip), they ask him about backdating. Jobs actually seems to agree with DealBreaker, Larry Ribstein, Holman Jenkins and the rest of the Backdating Dissident Crew […]

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 8:54 AM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Lawyers, legal, Steve Jobs

    Introducing: The Steve Jobs Defense

    The recent disclosures about backdating at Apple and the receipt by Steve Jobs of backdated options grants seems to have created an entirely new line of legal defense: if Steve Jobs did it, it can’t be so bad. And, as we’ve discussed at length, it’s probably not a bad thing if Jobs role in backdating […]

    / Jan 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Business Media, Consumer Electronics, Steve Jobs, Wireless Devices

    How Successful Was The iPhone In Diverting Attention Away From Apple’s Backdating?

    We warned you today was going to be a big day in backdating coverage. Here’s a bit more. Yesterday we speculated that one probable effect of yesterday’s iPhone announcement from Steve Jobs would be to divert attention away from backdating at Apple and the backdated stock options Jobs received. Today’s news coverage pretty much bears […]

    / Jan 10, 2007 at 12:54 PM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Holman Jenkins, Steve Jobs, Wall Street Journal

    Al Gore: Defender of the Backdaters

    Holman Jenkins has been at the forefront of clearing up the cacophony of confusions that pass for commentary on backdating. This morning’s column distinguishes itself in clearing up a great many of the wrong-headed ideas about backdated stock options, and points the finger squarely at the financial press for doing such a poor job of […]

    / Jan 10, 2007 at 11:45 AM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Business Media

    Is Steve Jobs Descandalizing Backdating?

    There’s a host of good backdating stories out today. So many it’s almost hard to know where to start. Let’s begin with Larry Ribestein’s explanation of how Apple and Steve Jobs might actually help regulators, the media and the public think more clearly about the so-called “scandal.” Backdating is not a business scandal. It is […]

    / Jan 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM
  • Back Dating, Chris Cox, Regulators, SEC

    Is DealBreaker Influencing the SEC?

    Totally terrifying thought. But not beyond the range of the barely credible. We’ve written a lot about SEC regulation. And sometimes it did seem as if the SEC was listening. After we celebrated the court decision striking down regulations requiring hedge fund registration, and decried the possibility of an SEC appeal or new regulations trying […]

    / Jan 9, 2007 at 3:45 PM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Steve Jobs

    Options Aren’t The Only Thing At Apple That Are Well-Timed

    Not too be too cynical about it, but are we the only ones wondering if it was just a coincidence that the report on backdating at Apple, and Steve Jobs role in it, came out just a few days before the conference where Jobs announced the headline grabbing Iphone? Still, it seems that even this, […]

    / Jan 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM
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    Ben Stein Loses It Over Backdating

    There’s a strange smell coming from the New York Times today—and we don’t mean that ikcy gas smell that has blanketed Manhattan. We mean the smell of Ben Stein’s Sunday New York Times business section column. Ben, who used to write sensibly about public affairs, has lately become a sort of booboisie populist, coming out […]

    / Jan 8, 2007 at 11:02 AM
  • Apple, Back Dating, Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs: Backdating Miscreant Revisted.

    Apple doesn’t want you to pay any attention to the man behind the backdating curtain. You know, the man named Steve Jobs. And the adoring business media—otherwise frothing with outrage over executive compensation and the backdating “scandal”—have pretty much danced liked dervishes to Apple’s spin. Thankfully we have the (newly minature) Wall Street Journal’s Holman […]

    / Jan 3, 2007 at 2:19 PM
  • Back Dating

    Back Dating Claims Its Latest Victim

    Broadcom, the semiconductor manufacturer, has announced plans to cancel nearly $37 million in “unexercised options” by three individuals involved in backdating over four and a half years. Broadcom announced today that its audit committee “found that– particularly with respect to several companywide options grants–allocations of grants to some employees occurred after the grant dates for […]

    / Dec 18, 2006 at 4:39 PM
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    What John Mack’s $40M Tells Us About Backdating

    One of the most misguided notions about backdating holds that the practice typically worked in exactly the opposite way it typically did. Because of confusing accounts in the financial media, lots of people seem to believe that companies were first making decisions about how many stock options to grant their executives, and then sneakily inflating […]

    / Dec 15, 2006 at 3:16 PM
  • Back Dating, DealBreaker Of The Year

    DealBreaker of the Year Candidate: Backdating.

    Sponsored by Winning: The Answers: Confronting 74 of the Toughest Questions in Business Today – the ultimate stocking-stuffer. Perhaps the biggest business story of the year—the story of backdating, today’s candidate for DealBreaker of the Year—kicked off when the Wall Street Journal stated investigating the options granting practices of several companies beginning in March. Executives […]

    / Dec 11, 2006 at 4:01 PM
  • Back Dating, Comverse, fugitives, Kobi Alexander, legal

    Namibia Fugitive Arrested

    Nope. Not that one. The other guy wanted by the Feds who was found in Namibia. Wesley Snipes, the Hollywood action star, was taken into custody this morning and will appear before a federal judge to answer charges of tax fraud and conspiracy later today. Wearing his signature black sunglasses, a black 2-piece suit and […]

    / Dec 8, 2006 at 1:31 PM
  • Back Dating, Home Depot

    Did Home Depot Invent Backdating?

    Until yesterday, it seemed that the practice of backdating stock options was something that mostly went on at tech companies during the boom years. But Home Depot now ways it was a routine practice for 19 years. Which kind of makes you wonder: is this really a scandal, or was it just a very typical […]

    / Dec 7, 2006 at 11:24 AM
  • Back Dating, Chris Cox, SEC, sex

    Okay, Cox, We’re All A Bit Uncomfortable Now

    You know that guy who gets a laugh for one joke and can’t help taking things a bit further. The one who always winds up taking it too far. Uncomfortably far. And that joke-too-far usually involves some kind of unconventional sex act. Yeah. Chris Cox is that guy. From the New York Times yesterday: Manipulating […]

    / Nov 6, 2006 at 10:23 AM

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