Arik Hesseldahl

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Salesforce to Raise $1 Billion in Debt to Fund Acquisitions

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is about to go shopping for acquisitions, and he’ll have $1 billion to spend. The company just announced a plan to raise its debt by issuing convertible notes due in 2018. Salesforce says it will use the proceeds to fund “possible acquisitions of, or investments in, complementary businesses, services or technologies, working capital and capital expenditures.”


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work