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Wouldn’t it Be Useful to Have Dictionary Functionality From Any App?
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Dictionary.com has launched a new API Developer Center, which has some pretty interesting implicatons for mobile apps, given that words are pretty universal. Developers can integrate Dictionary.com content and features into their products and services. 

Apigee Launches Private Preview of Premium API Analytics Tool

In late June, Apigee launched a Facebook API Console, which enabled Facebook developers to learn, debug, interact with and develop on Facebook’s Open Graph API in a more simplified way. Now, the company (formerly Sonoa Systems) has launched a new  line of developer tools.

Google Continues Efforts to Predict What Users Want
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Google is hellbent on predictions, it would seem. At Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced the Prediction API. More recently, it launched Google Instant, with the goal of giving you your results before you even finish typing the query.

Google Adds Features to the Google Buzz API
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Google has released a "garden hose" for Google Buzz. This is a random sampling of public Google Buzz posts for developers who don’t have the required resources to support the traffic that comes with the firehose.

The garden hose has a query rate under the free quote limit of Google App Engine, Google says. "As such, many more developers will be able to easily get their hands dirty on this great source of real-time data," says Google’s Eric Steinlauf.

iPhone and iPad Apps About To Get More Integrated with Facebook
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Facebook has launched a new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s iOS operating system, which powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This is an update from the previous SDK launched for the iPhone last March.

"With today’s update we’ll have SDKs for both iOS and Android devices that provide an even easier way for mobile app developers to go social," a Facebook representative tells WebProNews.

Seesmic Opens Up Public Beta of Desktop Version 2
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Seesmic says that changes to Twitter’s User Streams API may "dramatically change" the Twitter experience on Seesmic Desktop. The company announced that it’s working with Twitter on testing the beta version of Seesmic Desktop 2.

Gowalla Launches OAuth-Based Check In API

Gowalla has announced the launch of its new Check in API. This is different than the Gowalla API, which was launched in February, which first let developers tap into Gowalla data for their apps.

"With today’s release, we’re expanding what’s possible, enabling your applications to create check-ins on behalf of users," the company says. It utilizes OAuth 2.0 to do so.

The company gives developers the following guidelines for using the API:

Bing Sets Retirement Date for Old Search API Version

Microsoft announced that that it is phasing out version 1.1 of the Bing Search API. This comes as no surprise, as version 2.0 was launched over a year ago.

Version 1.1 will no longer be supported as of November 1, 2010. Webmasters and developers still using the version 1.1 API will need to migrate over to version 2.0 by then. "In addition to the improved features, a single Bing Search API means streamlined maintenance, updates and support," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.

Google Focusing On Check-In Services with Google Places API
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Google is placing a great deal of emphasis on check-in services, with regards to Google Places. This could mean some interesting things for businesses.

Google Launches New Preview Feature for Font Directory
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Google has launched a new feature for its font directory that lets users preview fonts and generates code to use them. The font directory contains fonts that are part of Google’s font API.

Google Buzz Just Became a Great Deal More Useful
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Google has introduced some new features to the Google Buzz API, which launched at Google I/O back in May. This includes the much-requested firehose, which makes available all public activities on Buzz as they are published, with one subscription.

Ad.ly Launches its In-Stream Monetization Platform

Ad.ly announced today that it has launched its in-stream monetization platform for apps and websites. This means that apps or sites that publish streams from any source (like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.) can use Ad.ly’s API to serve contextually and locally targeted ads based on streams they are reading and where they’re located. The platform is called Ad.ly for Apps.

PayPal Lets Apps Accept Credit Cards
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PayPal has announced that it now accepts credit cards in apps. The company’s payments platform, PayPal X, now has a Guest Payments feature.

"With this new feature, developers will now be able to accept credit card payments without requiring customers to open up a PayPal account," a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.

Yahoo Releases PlaceFinder to Spread Location Awareness

Yahoo has announced the public release of Yahoo PlaceFinder, a web service providing multi-language global geocoding of named places, that replaces the Yahoo Maps Geocoding API.

What PlaceFinder does, is allow developers to make their apps location-aware. Yahoo’s official overview for the service:

OneRiot Adds Facebook to Realtime Search API
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OneRiot has just announced some additions to its realtime search API. "We are integrating Facebook data into the stream, so Facebook users who publicly share links on their profiles are now influencing the realtime search results available through OneRiot’s API," Meredith Bagnulo with OneRiot tells WebProNews. "In doing this, OneRiot now reflects the pulse of a much broader social web."
 

Google Launches Tools to Get People Using Wave More

Google has launched a new set of tools to increase user interaction with Google Wave. Among the tools are a "WaveThis" button, a "WaveThis" bookmarket and a chrome extension.

Bing Maps Gets New Features, SDK for Apps
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Microsoft announced some new additions to Bing maps today. These additions, the company says, will benefit both developers and end-users.

Google Latitude API Launched at Google I/O
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During Google I/O today, out here in San Francisco, Google announced among many other things, that it is opening up a Google Latitude API.

Google Latitude is of course the company’s major component in the increasingly competitive location space. With the release of the API, its presence will be felt much more greatly throughout the mobile web. The company calls the API an "easy and safe way" to use Latitude location with any apps/services.

Will Dmoz Continue to Have a Place in Search?
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Nearly a year ago, we looked at what Dmoz (aka: The Open Directory Project) was up to, and if it still had a place in search. The directory was talking about how it was looking for "a little respect" as it prepared to celebrate its 11th birthday (on June 5).

Get Ready to See More Cool Things Based on Google Moderator

Back in 2008, Google launched Google Moderator, a tool to help presenters prioritize questions for Q&A sessions. Since then, we’ve seen it in action a number of times, often from the company itself, but also in political settings, and other democratic-style events.

Facebook Photo Tagging Goes Web-wide
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Face.com, the developers of the facial recognition technology behind Facebook apps like Photo Tagger and Photo Finder announced that it is opening up its API, which will allow developers to take advantage of this technology anywhere on the web. We had a chat with Face.com founder Gil Hirsch, who talked about the technology, the API, Facebook’s Open Graph, and what kind of apps we can expect to see around this API.

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