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November 30, 2020

Salesforce Said to Be Negotiating Slack Acquisition

Salesforce Said to Be Negotiating Slack Acquisition

Venture Beat

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday has been accompanied by the traditional news famine, so we’re reduced to rumors. At least we have the juicy one that Salesforce is in talks to acquire messaging platform Slack. It would be another move for Salesforce beyond its stronghold in customer-facing systems.

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France Sets 3% Revenue Tax on Tech Giants


Our European cousins didn’t pick up the Thanksgiving slack. Best they have is news that France has notified global tech companies that it will start to collect a 3% tax on their French revenues, citing failure of the European Union to agree on a unified approach. These talks have been going on for years, so don’t expect this to be the last word.

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Self-Service Is Low Priority Analytical Feature: Matillion Survey


There’s always another survey. This one, from data transformation vendor Matillion, finds that data transformation takes 45% of the time spent on analytics projects, much more than any other task. Respondents were IT staff and data specialists, not business users, which may explain why self-service for non-technical users was a low priority feature. Portability, ease of onboarding, and cost-effectiveness topped the list.

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