Data news making the rounds this week: New FICO® Score XD uses alternative credit data to help consumers who do not have standard score * Viacom launches Viacom’s Vantage; a first-party data TV advertising program * In the increasingly competitive set-top box market, Rovi agrees to acquire DVR pioneer TIVO * and much more.

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