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1. Monitoring competitors. By monitoring product/service offerings close to my own operations, I can get bizdev people on the phone and speak to partners when I see indications in the public marketplace that someone has a better sourcing deal than I do. Haven't done this in five years or so.

2. Gathering basic data that should be freely available anyway (like currency exchange rates, global weather, etc.). Always this is done carefully and with a light touch, with maximum respect for load inferred on targeted systems. Again, haven't bothered in about five years.

3. Automating content acquisition. For search engines, media libraries, etc. This is more like ten years ago. These days there's so little call for it... maybe if I ran a boutique hotel chain in a copyright-isn't-respected jurisdiction and wanted to provide a fat library of in-room entertainment...




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