Morningstar (NASD:MORN) has acquired Footnoted.org, the blog-based financial research service that reads through footnotes of SEC filings, spotlighting the items that companies prefer investors not see.
Footnoted also posts its "worst footnote of the year" each year - for 2009, the "winner" was Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) which spent more than $12 million to purchase its CEO's antique map collection.
Last year, Footnoted introduced Footnoted Pro, a service geared towards hedge funds and institutional investors.
Congratulations to Footnoted.org founder Michelle Leder, who has tirelessly read through more filings in the past seven years than most analysts do in a lifetime. Following the acquisition, Michelle will continue to run Footnoted under its new parent.
Update: Some insights from Michelle on the acquisition, posted at Footnoted.org.