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Justin.tv About to Get More Useful
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Justin.tv, the live streaming video site, which recently launched a Facebook app to allow users to watch video right from Facebook, has now released an API. The goal is to get people developing much more useful ways to use Justin.tv.

Integrate PayPal With Your Own Apps

PayPal announced that it is opening an API to developers to allow them to embed PayPal’s payment system into their own apps and platforms. The company, a subsidiary of eBay, says this is the first global payment platform to open to third-party developers.

FriendFeed Launches New API

FriendFeed announced today that it has released version 2 of the FriendFeed API for beta testing. The focus, according to the company, is making the API simpler to use.

Google Launches New, Cheaper AdWords API

Google has launched a new version of the AdWords API. The company says this version offers more speed, scale, and flexibility to developers at a lower cost.

The AdWords API lets developers build apps that interact with the AdWords platform. With the API, users can:

Bing Offers Toolbox for Webmasters, Developers & Advertisers
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Microsoft announced the Bing Toolbox today, which is a new portal for webmasters, publishers, developers, and advertisers. Basically it is a resource for finding useful Bing-related tools. Here’s the official description:

The Toolbox is an organized set of tools for the entire Bing community. It’s a one-stop portal to all of the services you need to drive traffic and increase engagement with your site and applications.

Digg Wants You To Create More Useful Apps

Digg has introduced some new additions to the Digg API today. The company says with these, developers can create increasingly useful and interesting applications using Digg Data.

One of these new additions is a search endpoint, which utilizes the same search functionality that Digg introduced a couple months ago on its site. Users will be able to use advanced shortcuts, common search tricks, and search by source (domain).

Did Oprah Make Twitter’s Numbers Look Bad?
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Earlier today, we looked at some numbers that didn’t exactly look great for Twitter. While the numbers certainly shouldn’t be ignored, nobody ever said they were concrete or indisputable fact.

The fact is, that numbers supplied from research firms are often off a bit, and they should usually be taken with a grain of salt. The indication however, was that Twitter growth had pretty much screeched to a halt. That really might not be the whole picture though.

Google Introduces Real-Time Gadget APIs

Aside from announcing its new collaboration platform Google Wave today, Google has also introduced a set of real-time gadget APIs. These APIs allow Google gadgets hosted in different users’ browsers to communicate with each other.

Mozilla Launches Jetpack API

The developers at Mozilla Labs have introduced their new Application Programming Interface known as "Jetpack." Jetpack enables ordinary users who know basic web development languages, such as HTML, Javascript, and/or CSS, to write and distribute their own custom made Firefox add-ons using these languages.

Netflix Opens Application Gallery
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Late last year, Netflix opened up its API to developers. There have been a number of applications set up to allow for various Netflix integrations.

These include mobile apps, Netflix for Facebook Connect, and others. They can now be viewed at the new Netflix App Gallery.

Facebook Finally Opening Up
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Facebook is getting ready to open its stream up to third-party developers, which will allow for a ton of new Facebook-related applications, that won’t have to be used from within Facebook. According to the Wall Street Journal, developers will be able to access photos, videos, notes, and comments from the Facebook Stream with users’ permission.

Google Launches API for Google Analytics
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Google as announced the release of an API for Google Analytics. This means developers will be able to do all kinds of fun stuff with the program.

Create Trust, Reduce Spam with Google Friend Connect API
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Yesterday, at PubCon South, Matt Cutts talked about Google Launching the Google Friend Connect API. Shortly after WebProNews broke this story, Cutts sat down with our own Abby Johnson for an exclusive interview in which he discussed the API launch in a litle more detail.

Developers Taking Advantage of Best Buy’s API
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Last month Best Buy announced a new social and API-driven initiative to give its web business a boost. The Best Buy Remix Developer Network comes with an affiliate plan that lets developers earn commissions if the traffic they send to BestBuy.com results in a sale.

Resources for Gettting More Out of YouTube

YouTube has made helping users a priority lately. This tradition continues with a couple of announcements.

Users Helping Users

Google Makes Map Maker More Accessible

Google announced today that Google Map Maker is now available in 27 languages with more to come. They can’t translate the interface itself into every language, so they have opened up Map Maker in "Google in Your Language" so users can translate it into their preferred language.

The current available languages include:

    * Bengali
    * Gujarati
    * Brazilian
    * Portugese

To Kill Twitter or Not to Kill Twitter?
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The other night, Facebook announced it was opening its Status API. This provoked an array of reactions around the web. Many seem to be under the impression that this will kill Twitter and similar services. There is certainly no general consensus though. You’ll find probably just as many people discussing why it will not. Let’s look at a few reactions…

Will Kill Twitter?

Embed Google News Slideshows On Your Site
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Today Google launched the Google NewsShow, a Google News-based element for the Google Search API. Essentially, you can now embed a Google News "slideshow" on your site.

Best Buy Remixes Online Presence
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Best Buy is changing the way it does business online and surprise, surprise – it involves social media and APIs. The company has introduced what it is calling the "Best Buy Remix Developer Network."

"We’re working to give you the tools you need to make Best Buy into what you need it to be," the company says.

Google Expands Another API

As mentioned previously, Google is spending a lot of time "in the clouds" so to sepak. They’ve been emphasizing cloud computing a lot lately, even going so far as to make a 99.9% guarantee with regarding to up-time for Google Apps.

Google Upgrades Apps APIs
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Yesterday Google guaranteed 99.9% reliability for Google Apps like Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Talk. This stemmed from a similar guarantee the company made for Gmail.