Here's what Salesforce thinks you missed about its massive $15.7 billion acquisition

Here's what Salesforce thinks you missed about its massive $  15.7 billion acquisitionSalesforce is fresh off a massive acquisition. Unfortunately, investors frowned on the deal.



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Taboola Makes Acquisition to Bolster Its Take on Apple News

Taboola is acquiring an Israeli team to bolster its young news recommendation service for users of Android phones.
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SoftBank’s Biggest Backers Balk at Planned $16 Billion Acquisition of WeWork

Key investors in SoftBank’s giant tech fund have balked at a planned $ 16 billion investment in co-working startup WeWork, leaving SoftBank Chief Masayoshi Son to find an alternative as his ambitions hit up against the limits of his financial firepower.
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Activist Investor Questions Perry Ellis Acquisition Deal

The battle for Perry Ellis International might be heating up again.
On Thursday, Water Island Capital disclosed a 5.5 percent ownership stake in the company and in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing said it “does not believe that the merger consideration” by Feldenkreis Holdings LLC “represents fair value to the Issuer’s shareholders.” It went on to say that it is “considering various options and remedies to maximize the value of its shares in connection with the merger.”
As reported, in mid-August, the Perry Ellis Special Committee ended discussions with Randa Accessories which had submitted a higher $ 444 million offer for the company and reiterated a commitment to a $ 437 million transaction it inked with former chief executive officer George Feldenkreis to take the company private. Randa had offered $ 28.90 a share to Feldenkreis’ $ 27.50.
The special committee said the decision was a response to news that an inbound licensor would not approve a change in control of the license to Randa should it buy the company. It said the inbound licensor was the company’s largest, leaving speculation that it was Nike Inc., which has a business with Perry Ellis valued at more than $ 100 million.
Randa’s expertise is in accessories while Perry Ellis manufactures

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U.S. to Allow Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto

The Justice Department will allow Bayer’s megadeal to acquire Monsanto after the companies pledged to sell off additional assets to secure government antitrust approval.
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Concord Completes Acquisition of Razor & Tie, Denies Label Is Shutting Down

Concord Music has completed its acquisition of the Razor & Tie label, the companies confirmed to Variety today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Concord CEO Scott Pascucci denied reports that Razor & Tie will be shut down. “There may be some continued integration into our overall structure, we’re sorting through that right now,” […]

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Comcast Approached 21st Century Fox About an Acquisition

Comcast Corp has approached 21st Century Fox and expressed in interest in an acquisition, according to people familiar with the matter. It is unclear whether Comcast is interested in buying all or part of Fox.
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Netflix’s first acquisition: Millarworld comics

Video-streaming business Netflix has announced its first acquisition – a Scottish comic book company.
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One of the most intriguing questions about the new computer technology that has appeared over the past few decades is whether we humans will ever be able to make computers learn. As is painfully obvious to even the most casual computer user, most current computers do not. Yet if we could devise learning techniques that enable computers to routinely improve their performance through experience, the impact would be enormous. The result would be an explosion of new computer applications that would suddenly become economically feasible ( e.g. , personalized computer assistants that automatically tune themselves to the needs of individual users), and a dramatic improvement in the quality of current computer applications ( e.g. , imagine an airline scheduling program that improves its scheduling method based on analyzing past delays). And while the potential economic impact of successful learning methods is sufficient reason to invest in research into machine learning, there is a second significant reason: studying machine learning helps us understand our own human learning abilities and disabilities, leading to the possibility of improved methods in education. While many open questions remain about the methods by which machines and humans might learn, significant progress has been made.

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