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Google Acquires Developer Tools Provider Instantiations

Google has apparently acquired yet another company – Instantiations. This is a provider of Java and Ajax development tools.

As MG Siegler (who first reported the news) points out, the company is known for its Google Web Toolkit designer, which is likely the reason for the acquisition.

Instantiations greets its site visitors with the following message:

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fbFund No More?

Things have been a little slow on the fbFund front this year. The site hasn’t posed an update since January, and you probably won’t be hearing about new ventures anytime soon.

Inside Facebook reports that fbFund appears to be "mothballed". fbFund is a seed fund and joint venture run by Facebook Founders Fund and Accel Partners. Investment capital for the fund was provided by these entities.

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Google Adds Page Load Time Metrics to Chrome

As you probably know by now, Google considers page speed as one of its many signals for search engine rankings. With that in mind, you may also be interested in knowing that in Chrome 6, developers can access web timing metrics for measuring web page load time across browsers.

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Google Buzz Just Became a Great Deal More Useful

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.

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Yahoo Partners With Offerpal Media

The Yahoo Application Platform (or Y!AP, if you shorten it and embrace the company’s use of exclamation points) grew significantly more appealing today.  A deal between Yahoo and Offerpal Media ensures that developers and users will have more payment options.

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PayPal X Platform Toolkit Available for Google App Engine

PayPal is offering a new open source toolkit for Google App Engine that lets you integrate Java apps running on App Engine with the new PayPal Adaptive Payments API. The Adaptive Payments API lets developers embed payments into their apps, services, and platforms.

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Facebook API Console Aimed at Making the Open Graph API Simpler

Apigee has launched a Facebook API Console. This is a free tool that allows Facebook developers to learn, debug, interact with and develop on Facebook’s Open Graph API in a more simplified way. The company tells us the vision is to make working with the Open Graph API as simple, social and functional as possible – "to let FB’s one million devs use the platform better."

"Think of it as an interactive ‘view source’ or browser for the Open Graph API," Apigee’s Shanley Kane tells WebProNews.

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PayPal Lets Apps Accept Credit Cards

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.

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Google Shows Its HTML5 Love with New Site

Google has created a new resource for developers looking to use HTML5 in their work. The site is called HTML5 Rocks and has launched with nine tutorials on HTML5 features.

In addition to step-by-step tutorials, HMTL5 Rocks features an interactive presentation and a code playground where you can experiment with APIs.

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Bing Maps Gets New Features, SDK for Apps

Microsoft announced some new additions to Bing maps today. These additions, the company says, will benefit both developers and end-users.

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MySpace Tempts Developers With Discounts, Promotions

Never mind the tactics of Facebook, Google, and other popular online companies; with its latest appeal to developers, MySpace appears to have taken a (good) page out of the AARP’s playbook.  The social network has brokered deals with a number of companies so that developers can save money on products and services by teaming up with it.

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Official Facebook SDK For Android Released

The number of Android apps with ties to Facebook – while already large – is likely to soar over the next few weeks.  Or the existing apps should get significantly better, at least, as the first official Facebook SDK for Android was released this afternoon.

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MySpace Opens Offices To Social Gaming Developers

It’s becoming hard to imagine how MySpace could get more serious about social games.  This afternoon, the social network went several steps beyond encouraging or even paying game developers by instead offering to share office space with some of them.

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What Was Announced At Google I/O 2010?

There has been a wide range of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O this week where WebProNews is covering the event.

What do you think has been the most interesting announcement from Google I/O so far? Let us know in the comments!

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MySpace Offers New SDK To Android, iPhone Developers

It’s possible that MySpace will soon become much more popular with people who own iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, and Android devices.  MySpace announced this afternoon that it’s launched a new SDK designed to make it easier for developers to integrate the site into their applications.

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Google’s TV Software May Debut At I/O

Rather than just announce some partnerships, or even parade a few unfinished prototypes across a stage, Google may share some rather important information regarding its TV software with developers at Google I/O.  Enough info for developers to start making apps, perhaps.

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Android Advocacy Group Woos Developers

Google may be stepping up its efforts to have developers pay attention to Android.  The search giant – or rather, a division of it known as the "Android Advocacy Group" – has supposedly gone on the offensive, emailing a developer and offering him (or her) a free device.

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“Trusted Companies” to Bring Greater Usefulness to Yahoo Mail

Yahoo has announced that the Yahoo Mail API now allows Read and Read+Write access to full message contents for any type of user. What this means is that developers can create more useful ways to use Yahoo Mail.

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AdMob Launches Tools for Cross-Platform Mobile Development

AdMob has introduced new software developer kits for Android, iPhone, and Flash Lite in a move the company says makes it easier for developers to make money across multiple platforms. AdMob has also introduced the Adaptive Mobile Ad unit, an industry first, which enables PC sites to monetize on mobile traffic.

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Facebook Expands Preferred Developer Program

Four months ago, Facebook launched something called the Preferred Developer Consultant Program in an effort to point companies and celebrities towards the best developers.  Now, the program’s taking an important leap forward as Facebook’s more than tripled the number of recommended developers.

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Twitter to Get More Useful in Time for Monetization?

Twitter engineer Alex Payne tweeted over the weekend, "If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You will soon.)" Some took that to mean that Twitter was working on some new features for its own site, that would essentially render some popular third-party clients all but obsolete. The question is whether this is a legitimate concern for developers, or it has just been blown out of proportion. It could possibly be a combination of the two.

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Is Apple Displaying a “Puritan” Double Standard?

Update: According to reports, Apple has "quietly reinstated a shopping app from a beachwear retailer that sells bikinis."

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Old Version of AdWords API Nears Expiration Date

Update: Google is reminding users of the AdWords API that on April 22, most of the services related to v13 will be turned off.

Google is telling users to switch to v200909 as soon as possible to avoid any complications.

Original Article: Google has launched the newest version of the AdWords API v2009 beta. That would be version 200909. Google cites the following as the highlights of the new API:

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Google Makes Apps Script More Widely Available

Google has launched the Google Apps Script in Google Apps Standard Edition, meaning that it is much more broadly available now. Previously, it was only available in Google Apps Premier and Education editions. It was released back in the summer.

Google Apps Script starts in the spreadsheets of Google Docs. It lets you create sheets to read and change formulas, formats and cell contents, and lets you create custom functions so you can automate repetitive tasks.

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Price, Dates Of First Twitter Conference Announced

A couple of important questions regarding Chirp – AKA the first Official Twitter Developer Conference – have finally been answered.  Would-be attendees now know which dates to be in San Francisco (April 14th and 15th) and how much money they’ll have to spend ($469).

These facts were posted on the official Chirp homepage today, and the first 100 tickets (out of a total of 800) were released, too.  Interest seems to be high so far.

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Google Announces Another Android Device Giveaway

Game developers – or at least the game developers who attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco – are likely to hold Google and Android in much higher regard after March 9th and 10th.  Google’s announced that it will give away quite a lot of Android devices on those dates.

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Yahoo Shopping Partnership With PriceGrabber Arranged

Starting in mid-March, Yahoo Shopping will no longer be a solo act.  Yahoo announced today that it’s arranged to have PriceGrabber take care of some of the technical details, and it’ll be able to make one more cutback thanks to the adjustment.

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Opera Releases New SDKs and New Browser

Opera is unveiling three new releases at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This includes two new software development kits (SDKs), the Opera Devices 10.15 SDK for Linux and Windows CE (WinCE) platforms, and the company’s new standalone browser, Opera Devices 10 for WinCE (beta).

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Facebook Directs Companies, Celebs To Preferred Developers

As you read this, the inboxes of 14 Facebook developers may be reaching the breaking point.  You see, Facebook’s decided to launch something it calls the Preferred Developer Consultant Program, and these lucky developers are the first to receive the social network’s official endorsements.

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Google Analytics API Gets New Features

Google has launched some new features for the Google Analytics API. These include support for advanced segments and 48 new metrics around goal performance, as well as goal configuration data.

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Twitter to Spray Developers With the Coveted Firehose

Twitter announced that it will be opening up its data stream (otherwise known as the Firehose) in early 2010. This means the number of Twitter apps will skyrocket, and the potential for functionality in existing Twitter apps will be greatly increased. That means good things for developers, and most likely great things for Twitter.

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New APIs Should Help MySpace Stay Relevant

MySpace has announced a new set of APIs. These include APIs for real-time streaming, status and mood commenting, open search, photo uploading, and an updated version of the post to/share API.

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Digg’s New API Allows Digging of Stories and Comments

Digg released a new version of the Digg API today, which lets developers write and contribute data via OAuth. This API supports the digging and burying of both stories and comments.

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Interesting Chrome Extensions On the Way

Google has opened up the Chrome Extension Gallery (beta) to developers. This means that anyone can now upload their extensions. Google says it is making the upload flow available early so developers have time to publish their extensions ahead of Google’s full launch.

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Now LinkedIn Will Be Featured in a Lot More Apps

LinkedIn has opened up its platform to developers. It can be accessed at

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Twitter Gives Apps Access to People Search

Twitter is making it easier for third-party apps to allow users to find other people to follow. On the Twitter API Announcements Google Group, the company announced that they are adding the functionality of Twitter’s "find people" feature to a new API.

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Google Programming Language on the “Go”

Update: Philipp Lenssen notes that someone has already developed a language called Go! (with an exclamation point). There is a book on it here. The author wants Google to change the name. This could get confusing for developers looking to use Go, although, it could also help sales of the Go! book. It wouldn’t make for very happy customers, however.

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Facebook Blocks More Ad Networks

Back in July Facebook updated policies for third-party ads on Facebook Platform. The company disabled two entire ad networks and over 100 more apps were suspended or brought into compliance over ad-related violations. Half of those had over a million monthly active users.

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Google Launches Analytics for Mobile Apps

Google has launched Google Analytics for Mobile Apps. The reports that are available as a result of last week’s expansion of mobile reporting features are now available for mobile apps as well.

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PayPal to Take Over Mobile and Social Apps

PayPal has opened its global payments platform called PayPal X, providing new APIs, a new developer portal, and some introductory services pricing to help developers take advantage of PayPal X to build businesses.

"The whole world is going digital, and the future of how we communicate, how we get information, and even how we transact, is in the hands of developers," said PayPal President Scott Thompson. "The network is the platform on which the potential of digital money will be fully realized."

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Facebook App Developers Face New Obstacles

Facebook has released a developer "roadmap," which it says will simplify communication for users and developers, improve app discovery and engagement, and provide developers with more comprehensive tools for building or expanding their business with Facebook.

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Adobe Teams With Salesforce on New Flash Builder

Adobe and have partnered to launch the Adobe Flash Builder for, which Adobe says increases developer productivity for creating rich Internet applications in the cloud. The product can be used to enhance existing Salesforce CRM implementations and custom-built apps, or build new apps altogether.

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Android Users Outspending iPhone Counterparts

Is it better to have tons of customers, or some who are willing to spend a little more?  Well, whatever its corporate stance, it seems that Google has found its way into the second category with Android, according to one company’s findings.

WhitePages specializes in exactly what you might expect: phone-related apps.  More specifically, think phone directories and caller ID.  And WhitePages peddles its apps to both Android and iPhone users, so it has a decent understanding of both markets.

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Google Website Optimizer Gets an API

Google has released a new Website Optimizer Experiment Management API. This means developers can utilize Website Optimizer for their own applications and experiments.

Website Optimizer is a tool from Google that allows users to perform simple A/B and multivariate testing on websites to see what works and what doesn’t. WebProNews discussed the tool at length earlier this year. Here is a webinar video that will familiarize you with it as well:

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Facebook Really Wants You to Integrate it Into Your Site

Facebook has launched the Create Application API, which is aimed at making it easier for users to integrate Facebook on their websites and widgets.

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Searching on Android Just Got Quicker

Google has launched what it refers to as a "fast and versatile new system-wide search experience" for Android. it’s called the Quick Search Box or QSB and it was announced for developers back in September. It appears on the home screen of Android devices.

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Facebook Developers’ Business Models Threatened or Maintained?

Update: WebProNews received a call from David Swain, Communications for  Facebook Platform, who wanted to give the company’s side of this story. Basically, he says that they view the move as actually maintaining developers’ business models (rather than threatening them), so that advertising can continue to be successful and users will actually trust it.

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Yahoo’s Twitter Releases an API

Yahoo has released an API for Meme, the company’s microblogging service, which is still in beta. If you’re not familiar with Meme, it’s kind of like Yahoo’s version of Twitter, minus the enormous amount of hype.

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Six Apart Opens Up TypePad

Six Apart, the creators of TypePad, have launched the TypePad Platform, a set of APIs that allow developers, bloggers, publishers, and corporations use the TypePad "cloud".

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Facebook Connect Made Easier for Site Owners

Facebook has announced the launch of the Facebook Connect Wizard and Playground. These are tools that are designed to make it easier for website owners to integrate Facebook Connect into their sites.

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Facebook Translates Websites and Apps

Facebook has announced translations for Facebook Connect, which a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews, "simplifies and streamlines the process of translating a website into any of the more than 65 different languages Facebook currently supports."

"By opening the same framework Facebook used to translate its own site, passionate communities in countries around the world can translate some of the best websites and applications into their native languages," she says.

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Anyone Can Develop Apps for the Yahoo! Homepage

Today Yahoo! announced the integration of is Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) with the new Yahoo! Homepage, which lets advertisers and publishers develop apps for the homepage. "In support of the Yahoo! Open Strategy, this integration offers a more customizable and personally relevant experience for over 118 million monthly homepage users across the U.S.," a Yahoo! spokesperson tells WebProNews.

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Open Android Alliance Poses Problem For Google

About 11 months ago, Google made a big announcement about the Android Open Source Project.  The word "open" was used six times in a single official blog post.  But now, a group of developers has formed the Open Android Alliance to take things a lot further.

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Google Adds Heavily Requested Features to Analytics API

Google has released some new features for the Google Analytics API, including event tracking, navigational data, and increased filter length. The company says these features were prioritized based on feedback from users, with event tracking being the most requested feature.

Event tracking allows users to measure the number of user interactions with a site. You can track things like the total number of times a white paper is downloaded, the length of time it takes to load a video, the number of validation errors users get when filling out a form, etc.

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MySpace Opens Up Recommendation Engine

MySpace has announced an open source framework for "distributed computation," which is ultimately a recommendation engine. It’s called Qizmt, and it’s the feature the social network currently uses for its "People you may Know" feature.

"Qizmt can be used for many operations that require processing large amounts of data such as collaborative filtering for recommendations and analytics," explains MySpace COO Mike Jones.

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Facebook Open Sources FriendFeed Web Server

About a month ago, Facebook announced that it was acquiring FriendFeed. Today the company announced it is open sourcing Tornado, a web server framework originally developed by the FriendFeed team.

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Real-Time Search API Mania

Real-time search engine Collecta announced the release of its API today, meaning developers will be able to use it to pull real-time search results directly into their applications.

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Google Releases Instant Messaging API

Google has announced the release of a new API for building Talk bots on top of Google App Engine, Google’s product that lets developers create and host web apps on the Google infrastructure.

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Google Shows Off New Android Market

Google’s Android announced that it will soon introduce new features in Android Market for Android 1.6, which will improve user experience. For one, developers will be able to post screenshots and descriptions (as well as icons), to showcase their apps.

Google has also provided the following video (the first one) showing the new Android Market:

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Opera 10 – The Final Chapter

Today Opera released the final version of Opera 10, the long-awaited new entry in the company’s browser family. It’s free and comes in 43 languages.

Opera points out three things that it says users "must try" in this version:

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Facebook Takes Steps To Increase Users’ Sharing

Facebook developers may soon see more user interest than ever before, thanks to a site tweak.  The Facebook Share prompts have been altered in a way that Facebook thinks will have some significant effects.

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Microsoft Launches Bing Developer Kit for iPhone/Mac

Microsoft announced that the Bing iPhone and Mac software developer kit (SDK) is available for download at Bing’s CodePlex. It is open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

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Latest Google AdWords API Available to All

This week Google released the latest version of the AdWords API (v2009) to all advertisers after releasing it to a limited group back in June. The new version offers users some new features, and Google says it comes with greater speed at a lower cost.

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Get More Acquainted with Google Wave

Last month, an event was hosted by the Google Wave team called Google Wave Federation Day, which was described as an inaugural event for people looking to get involved by providing their own wave services.

At the event, Google discussed the protocol and system architecture behind Google Wave, and talked about how they need to get lots of developers working on it, because it is such a huge vision. That vision is for there to be many Google Wave providers, because as Google says, it won’t be complete without non-Google Google Wave providers.

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API Released for Second Life Plug-Ins

You don’t hear as much about Second Life these days as you did several years ago. For a while, articles were being written left and right about how to leverage this virtual world from Linden Lab as a business tool. Lately, not so much.

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A Closer Look at That Bing Toolbox

Back in June, Microsoft launched the Bing Toolbox. This is pretty much what you might consider a one-stop shop for Bing webmaster, developer, and advertiser resources. Microsoft described the Toolbox as an organized set of tools for the entire Bing community, and a one-stop portal to all of the services you need to drive traffic and increase engagement with your site and applications.

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More Feature Interaction Within Facebook Apps

Last week, Facebook announced an update to the Open Stream API, which allows integration of Page streams with applications. Now, Facebook has opened up the new Mailbox and Notification APIs, which allow developers to provide users with more ways to interact with core Facebook features within their apps.

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Getting to Know the Google Analytics Data Export API

This week Google unveiled the Data Feed Query Explorer for the Google Analytics Data Export API. This was essentially created to help users get a grasp on what can be done with the API.

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New FriendFeed API Ready for Primetime

In July, Friendfeed launched version 2 of its API in beta. The company said it was focusing on making it simpler and easier to use. Now the API has already left beta status.

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Facebook Updates Open Stream APIs

Facebook has just announced some updates to the Open API Stream. Among these are simpler JavaScript methods for publishing, Facebook Pages support, and attribution. A spokesperson for Facebook tells WebProNews:

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What Happens to Yahoo’s Search-Related Developer Projects?

With the big Yahoo Microsoft deal announced, there are still a lot of questions out there, despite the significant amount of information the companies have shared thus far. We know that Bing will become the search engine used in Yahoo searches. We also know that Microsoft will acquire an exclusive 10-year license to Yahoo’s core search technologies.

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Yahoo Provides Means for “Easy” Mobile Site Creation

Earlier this year Yahoo announced that the Yahoo Blueprint Platform was being extended from  several hundred mobile devices in several thousand. Now the company has opened it up to third party developers.

The BluePrint is a platform on which developers can create mobile websites. It uses simple XML, and is the same technology Yahoo used to build oneSearch and the mobile home page.

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Google Gives Android Developers a Donut

According to multiple reports, Google is now offering developers a crack at some Android 2.0 features at the Android code repository. Android 2.0, which was codenamed "Donut," was discussed at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year. To listen to what Google had to say, watch the following clip (the Android part starts a couple minutes in).

Read More About to Get More Useful, 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

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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.

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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.

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Facebook’s Virtual Currency Undergoing Alpha Test

Facebook’s version of a virtual currency system is finally getting off the ground.  Facebook Credits can now be used in conjunction with third-party applications, and not just the official Gift Shop.

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Yahoo Adds Capabilities to YQL

Last year, Yahoo debuted its YQL language, which lets users query, filter, and join data across web data sources or services on the web. YQL or Yahoo Query Language is based on a SQL-like language, and it helps apps run faster with fewer lines of code.

Today, Yahoo announced a new feature for YQL, and that is the Insert/Update/Delete feature. A spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews this extends the platform by adding “write" capability to its capabilities, including YQL Open Data Tables and Execute."

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Mozilla Starts Big Collection of Open Web Tools

Mozilla has launched a new directory with the goal of providing a one-stop shop for open web tools and resources for developers. It is called the Open Web tools Directory.

The reason Mozilla says it decided to start this directory is simply because there isn’t one like it. "There’s no central index of these tools," the company says in a blog post.

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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:

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Bing Offers Toolbox for Webmasters, Developers & Advertisers

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.

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How to Avoid Google Penalties with AJAX and display:none

As you may have read about by now, Google’s Matt Cutts participated in a fairly lengthy Q&A session at SMX Advanced in Seattle. One interesting question that Matt got was about how webmasters should deal with display:none and AJAX without being penalized by Google.

Cutts recommends making sure that whenever you write your own mouseover code that you don’t roll your own custom solution, which he says might do some really weird things that nobody else has done before.

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Adobe Launches Some Flash Platform Beta Releases

Today Adobe announced the launch of some new beta releases for the Adobe Flash Platform. These are Flash Builder 4 (formerly Flex Builder), Flash Catalyst and the open source Flex 4 framework SDK.

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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.

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Facebook Names 25 fbFund Finalists

Earlier today, a report pointed out that the revenue generated by Facebook apps is about equal to what the social networking site itself pulls in.  Both businesspeople and ordinary users may be interested to know, then, that 25 Facebook apps and Connect sites have been named fbFund 2009 finalists. 

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Facebook Finally Opening Up

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.

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Twitter Temporarily Disables OAuth for Security Reasons

Twitter recently released a product called "Sign in with Twitter," which is basically the social network’s answer to Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, etc.

It’s based on OAuth, but there’s a security problem with OAuth. In fact, Twitter and Yahoo have both disabled OAuth support temporarily. Biz Stone talks a little bit about it on the official Twitter Blog:

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Facebook Announces fbFund Developer Advisory Council

fbFundAlthough the popularity of some Facebook apps has been shaken up since the redesign, allowing for others to emerge, Facebook apps in general are still booming.

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Google Takes Google Update Open Source

Google Update, which is now being referred to as Omaha, is a program that installs requested software and keeps it up to date. It comes with Google products like Google Chrome and Google Earth for Windows.

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Facebook, MySpace Make Profile And App Recommendations

Some VIP-ish individuals and application developers are about to become a lot more popular.  In what seems like a pair of noncommercial moves, Facebook and MySpace are starting to direct users towards various profiles and apps. 

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Three New Yahoo Search BOSS Tools Introduced

Yahoo Search BOSS just got a little more interesting.  Developers who want to build their own search services should now be able to play with three fresh tools related to personalized Delicious content, language filters, and news stories’ dates.

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eBay Launches Selling Manager For Third Party Developers

eBay has announced it is beta testing its subscription-based Selling Manager service platform that allows third party developers to embed their applications at My eBay where professional sellers manage their business.

The platform is used by 270,000 online sellers in the U.S. to manage their business. eBay says it will no longer charge for its Selling Manager service in an effort to attract third-party developers.

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Easier Flash/Facebook Integration

Update: More from the press release, which has since come out:

Documentation, example applications and code are now available at for developers to get started building rich applications with Adobe Flash and Flex software, and Facebook Platform.

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Google Lets You Take Contacts With You

Google has begun implementing Portable Contacts, an open standard that aims to make it easier to access your contacts in a secure way when sites ask you to invite friends when you sign up.

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Microsoft Shares Mobile App Store Plans

Developers who specialize in mobile phone applications got a little heads up today from Microsoft.  The corporation released some potentially appetite-whetting details about the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. 

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Facebook Apps Get More Social with Chat

Facebook has launched the ability to let users chat within applications on Facebook. This keeps applications within the social network even more social.

If a developer uses the new fb:chat-invite FBML tag, they can display a list of users’ online friends and let them invite their friends to chat. Developers can also give users the freedom to choose which friends they want to appear in their chat lists within the apps.

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Google Pulls Copy-Protected Apps from Unlocked G1 Phones

In a Google support forum for the Android market, a user asked, "Does anyone know why Shazam and Calorie Counter are no longer available in the Android Market?"

"If you’re using an unlocked, developer phone, you’ll be unable to view any copy-protected application, including Shazam and Calorie Counter. This is a change that was made recently," responded Google Employee Ash.

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Intel Gets Behind Facebook Developer Garages

Take it from a car guy: the people who are willing to spend time with you in a garage are some of the finest individuals you’ll ever know.  And so it seems Facebook has a new BFF, as Intel will sponsor some Facebook Developer Garages this year. 

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Google App Engine Goes Beyond Free Quotas

Google announced pricing for the Google App Engine on Tuesday. It was released last April as a free service, but apps were limited to fixed resource usage quotas. There are still free quotas, but the following prices have been set up for going further:

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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

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