Security Firm Shows Second-Hand Amazon Echo Could Spy on Buyers

Sorry to rain on the parade, but we also have a report that security researchers have shown a second-hand Amazon Echo can spy on people. This is so not surprising that we almost handed it over to our Department of the Obvious. Better news: the California legislature has passed a law setting security regulations for Internet of Things devices. This Digital Trends article says the law leaves much to be desired. But it’s a start.

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Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP Announce Project to Unify Customer Data

September 25, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP announced an “Open Data Initiative” including a public, extensible data model and shared data lake on Microsoft Azure. The project is in early stages, with engineers from the three companies still working to reconcile their individual models. This Adobe blog post suggests that Adobe has already published schemas to help share data among its own systems. For an assessment of what this means for CDPs, see this post on Customer Experience Matrix.

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Singular Raises $30 Million for Marketing Data Unification and Audiences

September 21, 2018

Marketing intelligence platform Singular has raised a $30 million Series B to grow its own business of unifying marketing data. Singular works with user-level data and creates audience segments, with its main focus on mobile and Web advertising sources, attribution, and analytics. It provides its own reporting and segmentation tools rather than integrating with third party products like a true CDP.

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