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Google will restrict access to an unofficial, unpublished Autocomplete API that developers have used to integrate autocomplete search functionality within their own applications.
Many APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular--but no longer available--APIs.
ProgrammableWeb now tracks over 100 Google APIs. The search giant has always been developer-focused. By mid-2006, way early in the API timeline, Google already had 10 APIs. We'll look at where they are now and reflect on how amazing it is that eight of those 10 are still around. And there's an irony to the two that are no longer available.
APIs are a business development tool. Whether you are monetizing directly or indirectly, they allow you to create effective partnerships and expand your platform faster and more efficiently than ever before. The secret to unlocking the full potential of your APIs is to create documentation that makes it easy for partners to use them.
Google has a lot of APIs, more than any other company we track. Perhaps as part of adding many APIs, the search giant also has to remove them from time to time. Recently the company has become more liberal in its platform pruning, with at least three separate announcements this year. Most recently Google dropped three more APIs, including the Google Buzz API.