A Quick FAQ on HP-Compaq

While HP's Fiorina is declaring victory, the final outcome depends on weeks of vote counting -- and possibly recounting

It's the corporate soap opera that just won't end. It started last Sept. 4, when Hewlett-Packard announced its intention to buy Compaq Computer -- and saw its stock dive 19% in a massive sell-off. That led family scion Walter Hewlett, the media-shy son of HP co-founder Bill Hewlett, to publicly oppose the deal on Nov. 6 and later formally launch an oh-so-public proxy fight. Then came six months of almost daily charges, personal attacks, and a record-setting deluge of mail, ads, and phone calls to investors.

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