The future of Dell has become more uncertain because a deal by founder Michael Dell to sell the company to himself and a private-equity firm is on shaky ground, given shareholders' unhappiness with the share price and interest from top brands including Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, Serena Saitto and Dina Bass write. In addition, investor Carl Icahn is said to have an interest in the company and refused the board's request to help it obtain higher bids, Michael J. De La Merced writes.

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