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Salesforce CEO speaks of failed efforts to buy Twitter, LinkedIn

Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N) Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff spoke on Wednesday about a pair of key acquisitions that got away, suggesting his vision for LinkedIn Corp (LNKD.N) was different from Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) and that he would have pursued Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) if shareholders had not learned of his plans.

Speaking at a technology conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal in Laguna Beach, California, Benioff declined to elaborate on what he had hoped to do with micro-blogging site Twitter.

Twitter hired bankers earlier in October to explore selling itself. Technology and media companies including Salesforce.com, Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google looked at the company but passed on buying it.

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