Amazon.com eyes acquisition of messaging startup Slack

Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, talks during the business messaging company's event in San Francisco, California January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Corporate chatroom startup Slack Technologies Inc. has received recent inquiries about a potential takeover from technology companies including Amazon.com Inc., people with knowledge of the situation said.

A deal could give San Francisco-based Slack a valuation of at least $9 billion, the people said. An agreement isn’t assured and discussions may not go further, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

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