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Tech Moves: Microsoft gains activist board member; Ex-Apple VP becomes first female director at GoDaddy; etc.

—Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has joined Microsoft’s board and will also serve on the board’s audit committee. Morfit’s appointment is part of a prior agreement between the software giant and the San Francisco-based investment firm, which owns roughly 0.8 percent of Microsoft’s outstanding shares. “We’ve had the opportunity to work with Mason over the past six months, and… Read More

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Microsoft hasn’t evolved and needs to ‘push the reset button’

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has never been shy about sharing his true feelings on rival Microsoft, just recently calling the company a “disaster” and suggesting that Bill Gates should return to the company and fire some people. Now, Benioff, who over the past five years has grown Salesforce.com’s value by more than 600 percent, is… Read More

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Salesforce.com to hire hundreds at Portland office

Seattle has experienced a boom in new engineering and development offices from Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook, Zynga, Splunk and eBay. Now, the Portland area is getting in on the action. Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian reports that Salesforce.com has chosen the Rose City for a new office, with plans to hire hundreds… Read More

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Microsoft offers cash to Oracle, SAP and Salesforce customers

Microsoft this morning made a new overture to customers of Oracle, Salesforce.com and SAP — offering $150 in cash per user to companies that switch to Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online from the competing customer-relationship management services. The company made the offer on the eve of Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Microsoft issued an open letter… Read More

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Amazon eyes new Seattle tower for even more growth

Amazon.com has been growing like crazy — adding 4,200 people worldwide in the first three months of this year alone. And despite a gigantic new headquarters campus, the Seattle company appears to need even more space to accommodate all that growth. We’re hearing from people in Seattle’s commercial real estate community that Amazon is on… Read More