Salesforce Pushed Microsoft to Up LinkedIn Bid Before Deal

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  • Three other companies were involved in process, filing says
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg said to turn down chance to bid

Salesforce.com Inc. battled Microsoft Corp. for LinkedIn Corp. deep into the negotiating process, forcing the world’s largest software maker to boost its offer to buy the professional-networking service just days before the $26 billion deal was announced.

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