Diffbot Is Programmed for Awesome

Garrett Wilkin, May 5th, 2011

Diffbot ArticleDiffbot is one of the coolest new ideas on the internet. The service brings monitoring to the web in a new and interesting way. The company is just about to release a whole slew of projects built on its collection of Diffbot APIs for following changes to web pages and RSS, as well as extracting clean text from websites.

Travel Safely Abroad With This Government Mashup

Adam DuVander, July 24th, 2009

Looking to travel the world, but not sure where? A new mashup helps you plan where not to go.
The Travel Advice Map (our Travel Advice Map profile) shows icons over countries that contain warnings from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As such, it is meant for British citizens, but the advice likely applies to [...]

Microsoft Shuts-Down Its PopFly Mashup Tool

Andres Ferrate, July 16th, 2009

popflylogoMicrosoft has announced that in late August it will be discontinuing availability and support for PopFly, its once popular mashup creation tool. As some of you may remember, we originally covered PopFly in May, 2007, shortly after its release as a developer preview.

Dapper MashupAds: Easy Contextual Display Ads for Any Site

Andres Ferrate, November 12th, 2008

DapperOne of the many frustrations that mashup developers (and web developers in general) run into is trying to use contextual ads for sites with lots of dynamic content. By their very nature, mashups typically tap into data that constantly changes, making it difficult to use contextual ads that stay up-to-date with content.

Challenges in the Mashup Tools Market

John Musser, July 31st, 2007
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It’s not always easy being in the “mashup tools” marketplace these days. While the rapid growth of hundreds of open APIs presents new opportunities for mashup tool vendors, it’s not simple to find the right markets, users and scenarios to guarantee success.
First of all there’s already lots of competition. Just see in Dion Hinchcliffe’s [...]

Mashup Camp 4 Wrapup

John Musser, July 23rd, 2007

Another eventful Mashup Camp wrapped-up on Thursday with announcement of the winners of both the traditional Speed Geeking competition as well as the new Best Business Mashup contest. The first place prize for the now classic Speed Geeking contest went to the creators of video aggregation service chime.tv, Taylor McKnight and Chirag Mehta. For McKnight [...]

Mashup Camp 4 Next Week

John Musser, July 11th, 2007

Mashup Camp 4, the premier event for mashup developers and API providers takes place next week in Mountain View. There is no better place to go to meet with the key players in this field: mashup developers, API providers, tool providers, VCs and a range of other interesting folks (see the Who’s Coming List).
Camp organizers [...]

Intel’s MashMaker Coming Soon

John Musser, July 6th, 2007
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Intel is about to announce a new mashup construction tool call MashMaker later this month according to this story in vnunet [via]. Intel researchers demonstrated the appliction at Research at Intel Day last month. From the description in this Intel research paper from SIGMOD 07 (PDF) and this paper from Intel (PDF) it has elements [...]

Microsoft Popfly

John Musser, May 19th, 2007
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The big mashup news yesterday came from Microsoft with the invite-only alpha launch of Popfly, their tool for creating mashups without writing code. Using the Pop Creator application users can bulid mashup applications and embeddable widgets. A rich drag-and-drop interface built on Microsoft Silverlight has an extensible component model called “Blocks” with built-in wrappers for [...]

What are Tools for Mashups?

John Musser, January 17th, 2007
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Mashup Camp 3 kicked-off today here at MIT in Cambridge (a two day event follows on the heels of the Mashup University earlier in the week). One of the first sessions was Mashup Dev Tools, a discussion lead by Dave Nielsen of StrikeIron. It was a very interesting discussion where one of the primary challenges [...]

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