Big Data Is the Only Way to Compete With Google

While Google’s search business continues to grow and expand successfully, it isn’t without potential competitors in major areas of its permeating business model.

Benioff Calls ExactTarget the Perfect Fit for Salesforce (Video)

At $2.5 billion, it better be.

Go Far West, Young Startup: SoftBank Capital and Yahoo Japan in $20M Fund to Bring U.S. Entrepreneurs There

Breaking into the Asian market is not easy.

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Nomi Raises $3 Million to Help Retailers Fight Amazon

Rather than compete with Amazon on price alone, Nomi wants to help retailers provide better service by tracking consumer behavior across in-store and online channels. It is announcing a $3 million round today, led by First Round Capital. Other investors include Greycroft Partners, SV Angel, Forerunner Ventures and several angels. The New York company was founded by former Salesforce.com and Buddy Media executives, including CEO Marc Ferrentino, who served as Salesforce’s chief technical architect.

Pinterest Analytics Service Curalate Raises $3M

Curalate applies image recognition to track pictures posted on Pinterest.

Former MySpace and NFL Digital Exec Jeff Berman Tapped as President of Hollywood’s BermanBraun

Is content poised to take off online?

Salesforce May Go Shopping in Response to Oracle Deal

Oracle’s purchase of Eloqua may spur Salesforce.com to look for acquisitions to help build its own “marketing cloud” offering.

Small Is Beautiful: Greycroft Partners Raises $175 Million in Third Fund

The New York- and Los Angeles-based firm said it wants to make sure its does not get caught up in the froth.

After Buying Buddy Media, Salesforce Lays Off About 100

Building Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud means eliminating some jobs.

Salesforce Filings Show Details of Buddy Media Acquisition

Salesforce filings show a deep dive on the condition of its biggest acquisition yet.

Twitter Adds a Bouncer for Booze Ads