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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. At Davos: Salesforce.com Inc. CEO Marc Benioff lamenting "a leadership crisis"

      At Davos: Salesforce.com Inc. CEO Marc Benioff lamenting "a leadership crisis"

      Sun shines on a WEF sign inside the entrance to the Congress Center during the World Economic Forum.  A polarized U.S. presidential race; question marks over China’s economic management; and a once-dominant German chancellor suddenly under threat. These were the topics under discussion last week in Davos.

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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 Announces Multi-Year Partnership with (RED), Supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS

      Salesforce Announces Multi-Year Partnership with (RED), Supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS

      SAN FRANCISCO and DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, today announced a partnership with (RED) and a $5 million commitment to The Global Fund to fight AIDS. 

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    7. Businesses Are The Greatest Platforms For Change

      Businesses Are The Greatest Platforms For Change

      From the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland - Author: Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce. 1986, BSc in Business Administration, University of Southern California, US. Over 30 years' software industry experience.  Formerly, Co-Chairman, US President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. Member of the Board, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Author of The Business of Changing the World; Compassionate Capitalism (2006); Behind the Cloud (2009). Recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of the Best CEOs by both Forbes and Barron's Magazine (2012) and Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers (2014).

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    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. CES 2016 Opens with Technology Changing the World

      CES 2016 Opens with Technology Changing the World

      The latest game-changing innovations revolutionizing our world took center stage on opening day of CES® 2016. More than 3,600 exhibitors unveiling new products on the largest show floor in CES history – spanning more than 2.4 million NSF – and keynotes from the leaders of Netflix, GM and IBM kicked off the world’s largest innovation event.  Salesforce was there too.

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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. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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