Throughout the day, we [recently] listened to financial and market analysts speculate about the announced acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft. Their ruminations ranged from: “I don’t see how this service is worth $26B dollars,” to “Microsoft clearly wants LinkedIn cloud capabilities,” to “Microsoft is finally in the social media business,” to “We’ll see what kind of technology synergies there are.”

All of these speculations totally missed the mark. It’s all about the data!

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