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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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CIAM Vendor Ping Identity Bought for $2.8 Billion by Private Investors

August 5, 2022

CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management) was once largely about managing employee access to company systems, but it’s increasingly applied to consumer log-ins and identities as well.  This creates an overlap with the identity management systems more traditionally used for customer data.  The expanded market helps to explain why private investor Thoma Bravo just paid $2.8 billion for CIAM vendor Ping Identity, a 60% premium of its most recent stock price and just under 10x revenue.

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