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Trump tax plans seen propelling big software deals

New administration has talked about rewriting tax provisions that could return profits stored overseas, which would fuel the size and frequency of deals

Arete analysts say Google could nab Salesforce for around US$73 billion, immediately giving its cloud business surer footing in enterprise sales; such a deal will also have a better chance of passing regulatory muster than one in ads or search.

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THE software industry went on a shopping spree in 2016, and this year could be even busier, bolstered by the new US president's policies and what one analyst suggests could be a major deal by Google.

The value of software deals in 2016 topped US$115 billion for...

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