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New Site Helps Journalists Sift Through The Clutter

ImageBill Hankes, based in Mountain View, CA, said created his new online venture, Sqoop, as a way to help journalists sort through the sometimes mountains of SEC fillings and other court documents to find the real news. He calls the existing manual process "both time consuming and painful." Sqoop was actually started by Hankes and David Kellum, who sought a fast and easy way to alert journalists when public documents become available online--based on the companies and topics they choose to follow. After starting with patent filings and SEC documents, Sqoop is expanding to include alerts on federal court records.

Getting Immersive With VR: Jaunt makes a push for 360-degree video

ImageImagine being ABC News reporter Alexander Marquardt, reporting from a war zone in the Syrian capital of Damascus, apprising viewers of what he sees around him. Basically, that's what TV reporters do. But is it, really? That question has arisen more in the past year or so, because not only can a reporter working with a virtual reality (VR) camera still report about their surroundings, they can capture the 360-degree survey of the scene and bring the viewer along while doing so. That's where companies like Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jaunt enter the picture.

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