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The database that tried to be everything to everyone is being replaced by more specific tools. The Google Base API, launched in 2005, has been deprecated. In its place, Google suggests using its new Google Shopping Search API for finding products and Shopping Content API for merchants to add products. The new APIs will help Google focus on the most common uses of Google Base. However, the change means that developers will have to update code and that some non-shopping applications will be left without a replacement.
Yahoo has announced some new updates to SearchMonkey its relatively new platform that allows web sites and web content publishers to format and custom search results on Yahoo search pages. The new updates include additional content types that can be included in search results and support for Google Base formatting for structured data feeds (our Google Base API Profile).