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Here’s how Microsoft’s chairman is fighting hackers — David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Microsoft Chairman John Thompson spent a decade at the helm of security software developer Symantec. Since he stepped down in 2009, cyberthreats have gotten significantly more sophisticated and pervasive, which helps explain his latest bet.

Why Sam's Club and First Data are using each other to find customers — At next week's Dreamforce conference, technology entrepreneur Darian Shirazi plans to stand out among the 170,000 attendees by dressing up in a Formula One racing outfit. It's gimmicky, to be sure, but there's logic to it.

Why Salesforce might be interested in Twitter — If a rumored deal materialized, could roll Twitter into its chat product - but that would be an expensive choice, experts told CNBC. Sources told CNBC that the ailing social media company had fielded expressions of interest from several companies, which include Google and

SGN, maker of Panda Jam mobile game, changes name to Jam City — Now that Chris DeWolfe has built a mobile game company with several of the 100 top grossing titles and $400 million in annualized revenue, he's finally ready to change the brand. Out with SGN. In with Jam City. The new name makes a lot more sense.

Salesforce and Cisco announce partnership on cloud communication — Tim Mosenfelder | Getty Images Cisco Systems has spent the last several years trying to convince investors that it's truly embracing the cloud. Now it's got the seal of approval from a rather credible source:

Billion-dollar exits finally exceed newly-minted Unicorns — Billion-dollar companies are at last proving their worth. Well, a few of them. For the first time in six quarters, the number of venture-backed companies that went public or were acquired for at least $1 billion exceeded the number of start-ups that joined the billion-dollar club in the private market, according to CB Insights.

Salesforce thinks AI will help it beat Microsoft and Oracle — David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images founder Marc Benioff has done his part to revolutionize the software industry, and he's far from done. Back when Benioff was a top executive at Oracle in the 1990s, salespeople stored client and prospect data on proprietary machines that required expertise to use.

A surprising company has joined the start-up acquisition party — SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images At a time when venture capitalists are scratching and clawing for cash returns, a surprising but welcome guest has come to the party: Unilever. Two months after acquiring Dollar Shave Club for about $1 billion, Unilever is reportedly in talks to buy Jessica Alba's Honest Co.

Ex-Google Ventures head Maris sets out to raise big VC fund — Bill Maris, the former head of Google Ventures, is raising money for his own venture capital fund, according to people familiar with the matter. Maris, who left Alphabet's start-up investing arm in August, has preliminary plans to raise between $350 million and $500 million, though no amount has been set, said the sources, who asked not to be named because his talks with investors are confidential.

Oracle will spend the next week preaching about the cloud — It's a big week ahead for Oracle. Starting Sunday, software developers, marketers and salespeople will flood into downtown San Francisco for OpenWorld, Oracle's annual customer conference that's attracted more than 60,000 attendees in recent years. But first things first. Oracle announces earnings on Thursday and is expected to report close to $1 billion in quarterly cloud revenue.
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