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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.

Yahoo Launches Open Strategy for Developers
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Today, Yahoo has gone live with it’s "open strategy" or Y!OS, which is Yahoo’s way of opening up their products to third party developers in order to attract wider use, and to come up with some useful functionalities that will help them compete better with companies like Google and Microsoft.

Y!OS consists of three major components:

- Yahoo Social Platform

- Yahoo Query Language (YQL)

Google Expands Geolocation API to WiFi

Google GearsGoogle announced that they have expanded the Google Gears Geolocation API to include WiFi compatibility. Previously, it was only available for mobile phones. It is set up so that applications using the API can find WiFi networks within 200m.

Netflix Opens API to Developers
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Netflix has opened its API to third party developers to use within their own applications, and has even authorized commercial use of it. The company is supplying Javascript, REST programming, and Atom feed API components. The API can be used in the following capacities:

Google Debuts Webmaster Tools API
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According to Google Webmaster Central Blog, after numerous requests from Webmasters to integrate Webmaster Tools for third-parties, Google has finally released Webmaster Tools API, a tool that integrates API (Application Programming Interface) into Webmaster Tools.

YouTube Continuing API Push
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"API" has been a sort of buzzword for a while, with many of the major players putting forth offerings.  Now YouTube’s placing its own APIs – and past, API-related accomplishments – in the spotlight.

Google Book Search API Spreads Previews

Don’t be surprised if Google’s name starts showing up much more frequently on whatever library computers or book sites you use; the search giant has just created an API that will encourage the use of Google Book Search.

Interesting New Google Earth Sky Feature
After the launch of Google Earth’s sky feature in August last year, see: Get Ready To Explore Space With Google Earth! made us experience the space in a totally new way.

Google Announces API Connecter For Social Networks

Google has decided that when it comes to Facebook, if you can’t beat ‘em, API ‘em. Google’s OpenSocial, which will launch at code.google.com/apis/opensocial tomorrow, will be a set of APIs that developers can use to create applications that work on any participating social network. Google’s goal is to create an open layer that runs atop all social networks, diminishing the power of all the networks in the process.

SES – Search APIs
Major search engines offer application programming interfaces that let you tap into search results, ad listings, ad management systems and other things. This session looks at APIs that are available and how you might use them.

Truveo Grabs Video Traffic, Partners

Tim Tuttle and his Truveo video search site, now part of AOL, have been making a lot of deals while boosting their monthly unique audience.

eBay Adds Host Of New Services

eBay has announced a number of new services and platform enhancements to help developers extend eBay content. The announcement was made at the eBay Developers Conference in Boston today.

Being in the Game

The rate of innovation within software development is a constant source of inspiration that modern marketeers can tap into. 

For example, today Yahoo has announced a move that (in English) invites programmers anywhere to use the company’s technology to build things that might encourage Yahoo’s gazillion customers to spend a bit more time Yahooing.  And they will pay hard cash for the ones that are popular.  For non-techies, the only thing to remember is that this is all made possible by the advances in a technology called Application Programming Interfaces, thankfully known as APIs

Yahoo’s Mail API & Unlimited Storage

I’ll have more to say about some of the larger issues around this in a few days, but now that the embargo has been lifted (damn you, Om Malik), I wanted to point at the pair of announcements from Yahoo! Mail today and yesterday.

Social Networks Finding Growth w/ APIs

Business Week is reporting plans by many social networking sites to open up their network to content developers, in an effort to grow their user base.

[Facebook], MySpace.com, LinkedIn, Friendster, and Google’s orkut are expected toopen their code to third-party developers this year as well-promising to kick off a spurt of innovation in social networking.

Use Our APIs, We’ll Pimp Your Stuff

In Renkoo visits YDN (part 1) on the YDN blog, you can see the first in a two-part series about Renkoo and how they’re using various Yahoo! APIs in their service.

Hanging Out At Google

I gotta remember to keep trips to Google down to under two hours. Why? My head starts hurting.

Web 2.0 And APIs

Every self respecting search engine has one, loads of other sites have one, and lots of people are using them to make great new stuff: Application Programming Interfaces or API’s. There’s a big but on some of them though

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