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Digging For Data

Here's your source for random data delivered ASAP.
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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Robert McGarvey is the author of How to Dotcom(Entrepreneur Press). To reach him online, e-mail rjm@mcgarvey.net.

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