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Slice of the Channel: Dell Fires Back at Icahn, Apple Rumors Swirl, Changes Rock Intel

Dell, McAfee, Intel and Apple top this week’s news on CRN.com.

Dell is expected to hold a vote on its $21.7 billion bid to become a public entity on Dec. 11, 2018. Critical shareholders will vote despite objection by investor Carl Icahn, who published a scathing letter this week in opposition of the deal on Monday. Icahn accused Dell CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake of creating a “fear campaign” to force shareholders to approve the VMware stock swap agreement. He also alleged that Dell has long planned to repurchase the tracker stock at “bargain basement prices.” Dell has denied those claims.
McAfee debuted endpoint detection and response and other tools at its conference in Las Vegas . MVision EDR will be available in the first quarter of 2019. It takes context and data present at the endpoint and moves it up to the cloud to allow for the introduction of analytics and automation. McAfee uses its framework to examine the threat landscape and leverages automation to drive investigations based on the context received from the endpoint.

Intel is reorganizing its Technology and Manufacturing Group into three units as one of the division's top executives plans to retire, according to a company memo sent Monday. The reorganization memo, which was obtained by CRN Wednesday, comes as the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has been dealing with delays of its next-generation, 10-nanometer processor, which was originally scheduled for 2015 and now won't enter mass production until next year.

Apple has announced a second fall product event and analysts expect that the tech giant could unveil a new iPad Pro and a new Mac notebook. The biggest changes for the iPad Pro could include a switch from Touch ID fingerprint authentication to Face ID facial recognition for authentication—as well as the removal of the home button, which is no longer required for fingerprint log-in. The new iPad Pro would thus introduce the types of navigation gestures used on the iPhone X and iPhone XS, according to some reports.

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