Oracle Buys B2B Data Collector DataFox

Oracle has purchased DataFox, which captures company profiles and news by scanning the Internet. The results will update CRM and marketing automation systems. It’s not a new model but puts Oracle more firmly in the data collection business..

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RedPoint Global Adds Improvements Across the Board

October 24, 2018

CDP vendor RedPoint Global has launched the next generation of its Customer Engagement Hub. Enhancements cover identity resolution, machine learning, and access to customer profiles by touchpoint systems. Most intriguing from a technical standpoint is the ability to use NoSQL databases including MongoDB and Cosmos as the primary data stores, avoiding SQL entirely if you’re so inclined. And who isn’t?

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NCR Uses Self-Checkout Camera to Verify Buyers’ Age

October 22, 2018

Founded in 1884, point-of-sale tech giant NCR is as far from screwy as you can get. But they’re also using cameras, in this case to verify a buyer’s age when purchasing age-restricted products at self-checkout. Yes, a built-in camera guesses your age. No, I’m not making this up. A less fraught alternative within the same system lets people register their identity in advance and then uses the camera to verify who they are using a QR code and biometrics.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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