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Marketing Firm Zeta Global Turns Heads With $140M Funding Round

Cloud marketing automation firm Zeta Global on Thursday announced that it has raised $140 million in its largest ever round of financing. Former Apple CEO John Sculley and David Steinberg cofounded the company in 2007. GPI Capital led the Series F financing, which includes $115 million in equity and...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

FCC’s Internet Privacy Proposal Sparks Congressional Action

With breaches of consumer data occurring all too frequently, who could be against proposals to improve privacy on the Internet? Well, a broad swath of the e-commerce sector, ranging from CTIA-The Wireless Association to USTelecom and the National Retail Federation, is strongly opposed to a recent pr...

Ask Customers (Online) and Ye Could Receive

If ever there was a case for conducting online customer surveys, Adam Lasky, global social media coordinator at Spreadshirt, has lived it. "A week after a customer makes a purchase on the Spreadshirt platform, we follow up with a customer review survey," Lasky said. That's how the company learned th...

Facebook Slices, Dices Consumers to Refine Ad Targeting

Facebook added another level of targeting to its advertising strategy Wednesday with the introduction of partner categories, a self-service feature that uses data collected from other channels to deliver ads on the social network. Partner categories will let advertisers target Facebook users based o...

Facebook’s New Ad Tool Targets You Online and Off

Facebook users will soon see ads in their feeds that are more specifically targeted to what they like and where they've shopped -- both online and offline -- thanks to a series of agreements with data companies announced Wednesday. The agreements expand the social network's Custom Audiences program ...

FTC Asks Data Brokers What They’re Doing With Your Info

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has demanded nine data brokerage companies explain how they collect and use consumer data. The nine are Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf and Recorded Future. These sites offer information on just...

Report: Avaya’s Bling Attracting Suitors

Avaya is reportedly negotiating with private equity companies and at least two competitors about selling portions or all of its multifaceted telecom portfolio. Private equity firms are dazzled by Avaya's $6 billion cash flow and low debt levels. Silver Lake, a private equity firm that specializes in...

Acxiom to Go Private in $3B Cash Deal

Two private equity investors have agreed to acquire Acxiom, which provides customer data integration technology, data products, database services, IT outsourcing, consulting, analytics and privacy services. ValueAct Capital and Silver Lake, which focuses on large-scale investments in technology-driv...

EMC Makes Grid-Computing Move

EMC Corporation yesterday said it has acquired Acxiom's information grid software for US$30 million. The companies also announced a partnership that will combine Acxiom's grid technology with EMC's portfolio of storage, information management and resource management solutions. As a key component of ...

Identity Theft Hits Another Data Broker

For the second time in less than a month, Americans are finding out that their private information may be in the hands of identity thieves. Publisher and information broker Reed Elsevier announced today that criminals using a stolen identity and password gained access to information on as many as 32...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Half an E-Voting Debate

A few weeks ago, I wrote a commentary on electronic voting for the Washington Dispatch in which I argued that what makes it possible for conspiracy theorists to use e-voting as the basis of an attack on the legitimacy of an expected Bush victory on November 2 is the client-server architecture, not t...

Man Charged over $7M Acxiom Database Hack

A man in Florida has been indicted on 144 charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, device fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice, after hacking into the database of a high profile marketing company. Scott Levine, 45, is accused of breaking into systems at Acxio...

Acxiom Database Hack Highlights Risk

Consumer information held by Acxiom, one of the largest collectors and processors of such data, was reportedly accessed and downloaded recently by an intruder who broke into the company's massive database. Law enforcement officials, who notified Acxiom of the breach, have arrested a suspect in Ohio....

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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