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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010, file photo, Leo Apotheker, speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt. Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, that a British company it bought for $9.7 billion lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. The deal was greenlighted by HP CEO Meg Whitman's predecessor, Leo Apotheker, but closed in October 2011, three weeks into Whitman's tenure. (AP Photo/dapd,Thomas Lohnes)