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BBYOpen is Best Buy�s effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.
The Stores API provides location information and allows product availability queries for all Best Buy stores. With the API users can query information such as store addresses, geo-location, store hours and phone numbers. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
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Best Buy is the largest consumer electronics retailer in the world. As the winter season approaches, Best Buy plans to boost its online presence. The technology company also plans to reduce short-term hiring by half. Those out of work and dreaming about some short-term relief will have to look elsewhere. Meanwhile, the merchant is spending unheard of quantity on its lobbying efforts. <a title="Best Buy spends more and hires fewer as the holiday season approaches" href="http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/2011/09/29/best-buy-hires-fewer/">Best Buy spends more and hires fewer as the holiday season approaches</a>. This is the company's way of combating its revenue losses.