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This Search Engine Makes Finding Public Records Less Painful


Bill Hankes was trying to find a way to sweep journalists’ inboxes of press release spam when he stumbled upon a bigger issue.

On a visit to a Seattle newsroom, he watched a reporter spend 45 minutes crawling through U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, copying names and numbers into a notepad on his desktop and then checking them through a data retrieval system. Afterwards, the reporter left for the local patent office to pore over applications, hoping to stumble upon a nugget that could grow into a story. 

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