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Carto Raises $61 Million for Geographic Data and Analytics

Location intelligence platform Carto has raised a $61 million Series C, bring its total to $92 million.  Carto offers both spatial analysis tools and more than 10,000 data sets organized at different geographic levels around the world.  Nearly half its data sets provide demographic information, so, yes, this is relevant to marketers.

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Predator spyware-for-hire caught hacking in tandem with Pegasus

December 21, 2021

While Pegasus (NSO Group) has been in the news for hacking politicians and journalists, new surveillance groups have been identified for using never-before-seen tactics to quietly hack and steal phone data of critics of authoritarian governments. Predator, from North Macedonian company Cytrox, was found by Citizen Lab and Meta (fka Facebook) to be targeting as many as 50,000 victims in more than 100 countries.

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Three-Quarters of Companies See AI/ML As Important Revenue Drivers: SambaNova Report

January 24, 2022

Do you miss those innocent days when every product announcement breathlessly reported the new system or feature was “AI-based”? If so, here’s a whiff of remembrance from AI infrastructure provider SambaNova Systems, who found that 78% of large companies rate AI and Machine Learning as important revenue drivers. Yet even they have a curiously mixed attitude, citing (in their press release) a NewVantage Partners study that found only a quarter of top companies have scaled AI/ML across their organization.

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