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Daily Dose - Salesforce Snatches Heroku for $212 million

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Daily Dose - Salesforce Snatches Heroku for $212 million

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The Ruby-based PaaS Heroku is going to be acquired by cloud pioneer Salesforce for $212 million in cash.  Compare that to the $13 million they raised in funding since their founding in 2007.  Byron Sebastian, Heroku's CEO, says that the acquisition will take Heroku to "The Next Level."  Heroku should also take Salesforce to a new level because they have now secured an execution environment for Ruby, Python, and PHP without having to build their own.  They've already got Java and .NET well-covered.

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