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Merkle Buys Ecommerce Agency LiveArea for $250 Million

Dentsu Group is expanding the commerce capabilities of its Merkle unit by purchasing customer service and commerce agency LiveArea.  LiveArea was the consulting arm of PFSweb, which will continue to offer fulfillment services.  PFSweb reported the price at $250 million, roughly three times LiveArea revenues of $85 million.

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Comscore Launches Plan Metrix Multi-Platform in India

July 8, 2021

Plan Metrix reports more than 300 different attributes in India across a range of lifestyles, interests, and activities, including automotive, beauty, electronics/computers, financial, food & beverage, health, home & living, retail & apparel, sports & leisure, travel and more. Marketers can generate stronger multi-platform media plans, identify advanced audience segments, and reach consumers across different platforms to achieve better ROI.

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The Trade Desk Launches Ad Platform for Post-Cookie World

July 8, 2021

Adtech developer The Trade Desk has launched a new trading platform aimed at dealing with the post-cookie ad world. The new platform includes onboarding for advertisers’ first-party data, support for non-cookie IDs such as Unified ID 2.0, support for addressable TV ads, and a measurement marketplace to incorporate data from retailers and other offsite sources. The Trade Desk also announced a new venture capital arm to invest in other adtech firms.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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