After about a year of uncertainty, Yahoo provided visibility on their Search! alliance with Microsoft. They announced important updates to their API offerings, including axing some and making another a paid service. Developers who have built their products on the Yahoo API or planning to, need to take note of these changes.
If you have a popular application built upon Yahoo APIs, chances are the company is interested in funding your project. According to Computer World, Yahoo has recently funded or acquired developer applications that began as products of the successful Hack Days.
Yahoo has added to its suite of useful geographic tools with a brand new geocoder called PlaceFinder. This replaces Yahoo’s old geocoding API and joins another 7 Yahoo mapping APIs in our directory for a total of 43 Yahoo APIs.
Check your team, look up player stats and see the league’s latest transactions, all from Yahoo’s latest API. Fantasy baseball and football are both supported now, with options for hockey and basketball expected in time for their seasons. And the API supports OAuth, so developers could create new interfaces to almost every feature of Yahoo Fantasy Sports.
Remember newspapers? With Yahoo Entertainment’s iPad app, you might not need to for very much longer. You’ll find the lifestyle section (Dear Abby? It’s got that) and more in the mashup that stretches across several Yahoo teams. And the way it was put together may offer a glimpse into the future of APIs and preparing content for multiple devices.
YQL is a service from Yahoo that provides a single SQL like syntax through which provides a consistent way to access not only Yahoo services, but also any number of third party services as well. Until now YQL has existed side by side with the traditional REST style APIs, but in a recent post covering some changes to their Music API, Yahoo indicated that they will be pushing YQL more aggressively.
Despite the popularity of micro blogging, instant messaging and social networks, email still plays a huge role in communicating across the internet. This fact is not lost on the big players, who are actively looking for ways to add value to their email services. We have already reported on some changes Google have made to Gmail by implementing the OAuth protocol to make it more open and secure for external access, but it seems that Yahoo beat them to the post, who have also implemented OAuth for their Yahoo Mail API.
Last week at Where 2.0, Yahoo’s Gary Gale discussed “geosetta”, the concept of a geographic Rosetta Stone, which allows for a unified conversion of geographic namespaces based on different geographic reference identifiers (e.g., Yahoo’s Where on Earth ID, or WOEID). The idea behind geosetta is that developers should be able to easily identify and cross reference a location among multiple service providers despite any disparities that may be inherent in the respective namespaces.
There is nothing more satisfying than sharing that once in a lifetime shot with the world, except maybe seeing that it has been viewed by a few thousand people. These kinds of stats have been collected by Flickr for quite some time, and now they are available to developers thanks to some new functions added to the Flickr API.
Every site needs promotion, right? That means your new site could use a quick boost from what others have already created. This post will cover some marketing APIs, as part of our Site in a Box series.