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Today in Apple history: Michael Dell says he’d shut Apple down, refund shareholders

October 6, 1997: Michael Dell, founder of Dell, Inc. makes an infamously bleak appraisal of Apple’s fortunes. Asked what he would do with Apple at a Garner Symposium, Dell says that he would, “shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” As incorrect forecasts go, this is one of the more notable […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
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