API News from Where 2.0

John Musser, May 29th, 2007

With O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference in full swing this week there’s been no shortage of online mapping-related news. Highlights range from the Google Maps with Street Views to the launch of the very cool GeoCommons from FortiousOne, the folks behind the GeoIQ API.
API related announcements include:

MapQuest’s new ActionScript API for Adobe Flex and [...]

New AOL Mashup Competition

John Musser, December 1st, 2006

Yesterday AOL and TopCoder announced the Web AIM Mashup Competition, with more here in the press release. They are offering prizes up to $5,000 to a developer who creates the best mashups built on their new OpenAIM initiative. The contest window is short and entries are due by December 6th. See also our /contests [...]


John Musser, October 19th, 2006

AOL has released their AOL Video Search API. It’s based on their acquisition of startup Truveo back in January (all API methods are prefixed with “truveo”). They have created a pretty comprehensive developer center for their video search tools, which includes both a REST and AJAX API.

In addition, they’ve been smart and with searchvideo.com they [...]

New Phone APIs from AOL

John Musser, September 11th, 2006

At the VON 2006 Conference in Boston this week AOL will demonstrate the use of three new VoIP Internet telephony APIs as part of their AIM Phoneline service. As reported in InformationWeek:

AOL hopes the Open AIM Phoneline initiative would encourage the building of devices and software that add functionality that consumers find attractive. AIM Phoneline [...]

AOL AIM Updates

John Musser, June 21st, 2006

In AOL news: Open AIM continues to expand functionality, now with AIM bots, location-based services, and PC-to-PC calling. Since AIM supports SMS you can access the bots via your phone (like the Wall Street Journal bot). The location service is also designed for mobile devices — it can use the network to determine location and, [...]

New AOL Music Now API

John Musser, May 11th, 2006

AOL has just released an RSS-based API for accessing Music now information on members, artists, albums, charts and playlists. It’s a fairly straightforward API. For example, to get the latest releases use the URL /rss/newreleases/ (from the domain aol.musicnow.com), or, to get the top Eric Clapton fans use /rss/artist/topfans/?id=211. All results use RSS.

The New API for AIM

John Musser, March 7th, 2006

Bigger-than-average API news this week. First is AOL, with the world’s largest IM community, has announced an API for AIM. Developers can now create applications and mashups on top of their messaging infrastructure using an officially sanctioned API, althoughfolks have been doing it via GAIM and others before. The core capabilities include: AIM Presence, AIM [...]

New MapQuest OpenAPI

John Musser, March 5th, 2006

The other big API news to start the week comes from MapQuest with their announcement of the MapQuest OpenAPI. They’re an established player in online mapping but a latecomer to the open API party. It looks like they’re going try and play off their strengths which include high-quality maps and good routing. Here’s the first [...]

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