Arik Hesseldahl

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Microsoft Suit Against Salesforce Just Got Ugly

Last month, Microsoft sued Salesforce.com over the latter’s hiring of Matt Miszewski. Once the CIO for the state of Wisconsin, he had most recently been head of Microsoft’s government business, and on Jan. 18 was tapped as senior vice president for global public sales at Salesforce. Microsoft sued to block the hiring less than 10 days later. The court issued a temporary injunction preventing Miszewski from going to work at Salesforce.

It just got ugly. Microsoft has accused Miszewski (pictured) of taking several hundred megabytes worth of confidential material when he left. It said in a motion filed with Washington state’s King County Superior Court on Thursday that Miszewski had about 600 megabytes worth of confidential material on his personal computer. The documents were found as part of the discovery process.

Microsoft Dynamics Online competes directly with Salesforce.com in the cloud-based customer relationship management business. They grappled in federal court last year over patents, but settled. Neither side is commenting on the Miszewski case.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald