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5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

For the week ending Oct. 17, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.

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Carl Icahn Criticized As A 'Bad Guy' Who 'Lies'

Activist investor Carl Icahn was the target of blistering comments from Dell CEO Michael Dell, who called Icahn "a bad guy" during an appearance at The Channel Company's Best of Breed Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week. "He lies. He has no ethical boundaries. He will say anything, do anything. I have no time for him," Dell said.

Icahn battled Michael Dell last year during the months-long effort to take Dell, the company, private. Icahn is now pressuring Apple to return some of its cash to shareholders.

Marc Andreessen, founder of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz, echoed Dell's comments in a CNBC interview last week. "He just makes stuff up; he slanders," Andresseen said of Icahn. "His inner 6-year-old comes out. He makes no sense."

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