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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd explains how the cloud is helping the company use its lawyers less

Oracle is as famous within the tech industry for its legal department as it is for its ubiquitous database software. The company’s lawyer-heavy reputation was immortalized in this classic comic by Googler Manu Cornet

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At a media event at Oracle’s Silicon Valley headquarters, co-CEO Mark Hurd told Recode’s Kara Swisher that the switch to cloud computing — where customers rent functionally unlimited supercomputing power and applications from companies like Oracle — has required Oracle to rethink this approach, at least a little. 

(Swisher’s full conversation with Hurd will be featured in a forthcoming episode of the Recode Decode podcast.)

Hurd uses the example of ride-hailing app Lyft, a flagship customer of Oracle’s accounting and financial cloud software.

“Historically,” Hurd says, Oracle would write “big contracts” for customers, the procurement department would vet it, lawyers for both sides would negotiate the terms, and that would be that. But startups like Lyft don’t have a formal procurement department, or the same kind of IT buying process as those big Fortune 500 companies. 

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It means “we can’t show up with lawyers and stuff,” says Hurd. And so, Hurd explains, Oracle took all the terms that would be in the normal contract, and made it something in which a customer can simply “click to accept” — sort of like the iTunes consumer terms of service.

In the standard contract negotiation process, says Hurd, customers would usually ask for special terms, and “80% of the time, if if you asked, you got them.” Now, Hurd says, Oracle includes most of those special terms into that “click to accept” contract, streamlining the whole process. 

This move makes it easier for Oracle to bring customers on board, quickly, Hurd says — which is good, given the company’s ambitious, but somewhat controversial, play to topple Amazon Web Services, the intensely profitable arm of the Amazon retail empire, currently considered the cloud to beat. 

Indeed, Hurd credits much of Amazon’s success with its ability to bring customers onto their platform without ever having to talk to a salesperson: “I think they’ve done a good job creating a frictionless acquisition process for customers.”

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All Thing Digital’s Kara Swisher tells TechCrunch, essentially, to grow the f up, on Reliable Sources.

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At the SXSW panel on tech media’s failings, Swisher seemed just as hard on herself: “More and more, as I’ve thought about our new endeavor, at some point, we’re going to have to start pissing people off more. And I think about that a lot. Sometimes I see people and I think: Soon, I’m going to screw you. I do, I think that a lot more … Things are going to have to start to get a little tougher.”

(Buckle up.)

#2: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Uses Some … Colorful Language
[Top 10 Moments From A Decade of All Things Digital]

It’s Day 2 of D10 and, appropriately, we’re down to moment #2 on our Top 10 Countdown from a decade of All Things Digital. Today’s highlight comes to you from D7 in 2009, when Yahoo’s then-CEO Carol Bartz took to the stage to discuss the company’s relationship with Microsoft, clear up the myth that Google and Yahoo do the same things, and explained the slow process of improvement and growth (best quote: “You can’t take nine women and make a baby in a month!”), proclaimed  "I don’t need a #2,“ and … oh yeah … dropped an F-Bomb.

Certainly the most colorful speaker the conference has ever had!

Watch the full video ("Carol Bartz: Live and Uncensored!”) here. 

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#9: “I Won’t Ever Stop Writing About You Until You’re Either The Biggest Thing Around, Or You’re Dead.”
—Kara Swisher to Mark Zuckerberg at D6 in 2008

[Top 10 Moments from a Decade of All Things Digital]

It’s all Facebook all the time over here today, so it’s a lovely coincidence that #9 on our countdown of the top 10 moments from 10 years of D: All Things Digital features none other than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg brought a little gift with them (a princess phone) to the D mainstage in 2008; they gave it to host Kara Swisher, saying they hoped it would make her stop with her relentless coverage of Facebook.

Kara simply replies: “I won’t ever stop writing about you until you’re either the biggest thing around, or you’re dead.” Four years later and celebrating one of history’s biggest IPOs, they’re pretty much the biggest thing around … but something tells us her coverage hasn’t stopped. 

Counting Down To D10 With the Top 10 Moments From a Decade of All Things Digital

NASDAQ OMX is a proud sponsor of the 10th annual All Things Digital Conference, which kicks off in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on May 29th. This year’s speaker line-up is as illustrious and inspiring as in years past, including screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, entrepreneur Sean Parker, President of Disney & Pixar Animation Studios Dr. Ed Catmull, LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman, and Zynga Co-Founder & CEO Mark Pincus, to name a few (check the full list here.) To get everyone as excited as we are, we’ll be counting down the top 10 moments from a decade of the business and tech world’s most engaging event. We start today, with #10.