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Carl Icahn, Blackstone challenge plan to take Dell private

NEW YORK — Two rival bids for Dell Inc. have emerged, threatening to complicate, change, or upend an effort to take the embattled computer maker private in a $24 billion deal under the leadership of Michael­ S. Dell.

The private equity giant Blackstone Group and the investor Carl C. Icahn have each separately submitted preliminary takeover proposals before a deadline set by a special committee of Dell’s board intended to drum up other offers, people who had been briefed on the matter but were not authorized to speak publicly said.

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