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Benioff’s Keynote at Oracle OpenWorld Cancelled

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, 05 Oct 2011News

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been removed as a keynote speaker at Oracle’s OpenWorld tech conference in San Francisco.

In a post on Twitter, Benioff announced that he won’t be speaking during the Oracle conference and blamed the ouster on Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

“Larry just cancelled my keynote tomorrow! Beware of the false cloud,” Benioff tweeted, informing that he would make an appearance at the St. Regis Restaurant instead. “The show must go on! Sorry Larry!”

Oracle said in a statement that it had to reschedule some of the event due to heavy attendance and moved Benioff’s keynote to Thursday.

“Due to the overwhelming attendance at Oracle OpenWorld we had to make several session changes. The Salesforce.com Executive Solution Session was moved to Thursday at 8:00am in the Novellus Theatre,” an Oracle spokesperson said in a statement.

Benioff said that due to prior travel arrangement, he won’t be able to make it to the rescheduled event.

The relationship between the one-time good friends has soured over the years. Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison was one of the first investors in Salesforce when the company had started out.

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