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    1. Oracle's Ellison Takes Another Shot At Rival Salesforce

      Take that Marc Benioff. Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison said the company he co-founded will probably be the first ever to hit $10 billion in software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service sales annually. These two oddly named software categories are driving a huge piece of the tech market right now. That’s a big claim given that Oracle rival Salesforce is the largest company in the software as a service (SaaS) arena.

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    2. Salesforce's 2017 will be headlined by its Lightning experience for managing connected apps

      Salesforce's 2017 will be headlined by its Lightning experience for managing connected apps

      Lightning serves as one of the brand's launchpads (and key strategies) for serving connected apps and the Internet of Things, which for its purposes, Salesforce refers to as the "Internet of Customers."  Elements of the developer-focused user experience has since been infused into some of the company's cornerstone products, such as Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.

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    3. NewVoiceMedia Secures $30M Investment to Accelerate Rapid International Expansion and Innovation

      NewVoiceMedia Secures $30M Investment to Accelerate Rapid International Expansion and Innovation

      LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2016) - NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud technology which helps businesses sell more, serve better and grow faster, has secured $30 million in a new round of funding. New investor BGF Ventures joined existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), Eden Ventures, Highland Capital Partners Europe, Salesforce Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV).

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    4. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff predicts 'a lot of dead unicorns' and cheap startups to buy

      Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff predicts 'a lot of dead unicorns' and cheap startups to buy

      The feeling in the air is that the economy is headed toward a global recession. And that puts strong and growing tech companies like Salesforce in a position to go shopping as stock prices and private valuations decline.  Bloomberg asked Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, point blank, if he's got any plans to step up his acquisitions. 

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    5. There's a reason why Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is the loudest Fortune 500 CEO on Twitter

      There's a reason why Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is the loudest Fortune 500 CEO on Twitter

      According to a new report by CEO.com, Marc Benioff is the most active CEO on Twitter among all Fortune 500 CEOs. He shares 5.55 tweets per day, which is almost 30 times more than the average rate for other Fortune 500 CEOs, it said.

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    6. Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff to Participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016

      Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff to Participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016

      SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce (CRM), the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, today announced that Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 taking place in Davos, Switzerland from January 20-23, 2016. At the World Economic Forum, Benioff will participate in the following public sessions:

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    7. Mindtree to Acquire Magnet 360, a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner

      Mindtree to Acquire Magnet 360, a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner

      Jan. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Mindtree today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Magnet 360, a Salesforce Platinum consulting partner. Magnet 360 brings strong expertise across Salesforce Sales, Service and Marketing Cloud implementations. Combined with Mindtree's established Salesforce practice, this acquisition positions the company for leadership in addressing the fast-growing cloud-based services market.

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    8. Appy Salesforce.com Isn't Partying Over Apple's Store

      Appy Salesforce.com Isn't Partying Over Apple's Store

      "The rest of the story..."

      Years before there was an Apple App Store, there was the App Store name, a natural for a cloud software company like Salesforce.com, but even better for a company named Apple. So Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave the name to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and instead opened Salesforce's "AppExchange" in 2006, 10 years ago this week.

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    9. CSA Survey: 65% of IT Trusts the Cloud as Much or More Than On-Premises Solutions

      CSA Survey: 65% of IT Trusts the Cloud as Much or More Than On-Premises Solutions

      Cloud Adoption does not have to mean opening up your organization to increased security risks and threats if the right policies are in place. That’s what a new Cloud Security Alliance survey, titled The Cloud Balancing Act for IT: Between Promise and Peril, found when it surveyed executives and IT managers worldwide.

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    10. MovieLaLa Closes $1.4 Million Seed Round From Notable Angel Investors

      MovieLaLa Closes $1.4 Million Seed Round From Notable Angel Investors

      Social movie-marketing app startup MovieLaLa announced that it has wrapped a $1.4 million seed round of funding from a notable roster of execs. The company’s investors include Jonathan Miller, former CEO at News Corp and AOL; Jay Rasulo, former CFO of Walt Disney; David Anderman, former COO of LucasFilm and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff among others.

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    11. MDC and Salesforce Invest In Pierry Software

      MDC and Salesforce Invest In Pierry Software

      This investment will enable Pierry to grow its capabilities and consulting services to new clients globally. Since its founding in 2008, the company has expanded to more than 75 employees in offices across the United States and in Japan, and works with companies in all sectors.

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    12. Billionaire CEO Marc Benioff is writing a sequel to his best-selling memoir about Salesforce — and wants your help

      Billionaire CEO Marc Benioff is writing a sequel to his best-selling memoir about Salesforce — and wants your help

      When former Salesforce COO George Hu took an unpaid leave to come up with the idea for his new startup Peer, one of the first things he did was to re-read Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's autobiography, "Behind the Cloud."

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    13. Why Box Needs Friends Like IBM And Salesforce

      Why Box Needs Friends Like IBM And Salesforce

      Not all partnerships are created equal. Box, the cloud file-sharing pioneer nearing its one-year anniversary as a public company, realized early on that it needed some very influential friends to become a respected supplier of software for managing everything from marketing presentations to business contracts. It has proved particularly adept at finding them.

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    14. These were the five most dominant tech companies of 2015

      These were the five most dominant tech companies of 2015

      Photo: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff welcomes Uber CEO Travis Kalanick into the winners' circle.  (credit - Business Insider/Eugene Kim)

      These five companies exemplified that trend. None of them rocked the world with a new product or category, but all of them quietly consolidated and are well-positioned to dominate in 2016.

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    15. Why Salesforce.com Wants SteelBrick

      Why Salesforce.com Wants SteelBrick

      Quote-to-Cash space is attracting a lot of attention.  SteelBrick’s Quote-to-Cash software, which is aimed primarily at SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses), is attracting a lot of attention. SteelBrick managed to raise $48 million funds in its Series C round in October 2015, largely due to this software.

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    16. Latest data from the Valley's oldest VC firm shows one big flaw in the hype around the cloud

      Latest data from the Valley's oldest VC firm shows one big flaw in the hype around the cloud

      One of the biggest trends in the tech industry has been the rise of the "cloud," or services delivered over the web.  But the latest data from Bessemer Venture Partners, the longest-standing VC in Silicon Valley and one of the most active cloud investors, shows there's one big flaw in the hype around cloud: Cloud technology is still heavily concentrated in the US.

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    17. Salesforce is in talks for a $600 million acquisition of SteelBrick

      Salesforce is in talks for a $600 million acquisition of SteelBrick

      Salesforce is reported to be in talks to acquire SteelBrick, a sales software maker that recently raised $48 million in Series C funding, according to a report by The Information's Steve Nellis.  The report, citing an anonymous source, said the company was valued at roughly $250 million in its last round of funding, and the deal would be mostly in stock.

      Salesforce declined to comment.

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    18. Wall Street's going crazy over a group of technology stocks called 'mags' — Here's why

      Wall Street's going crazy over a group of technology stocks called 'mags' — Here's why

      Most people are familiar with the so-called "FANG" stocks, an acronym created by CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer, that represent the four best-performing tech stocks: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.  

      But there's a new acronym in town that stands for the four best-performing tech stocks on the enterprise tech side: "MAGS," or Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Salesforce.

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