Earlier this month I eulogized the Yahoo Maps API. It was launched the same week as the Google Maps API and for some time was often mentioned at the same time. The Yahoo Maps API, it appeared, was to be disconnected by now, but it appears the company is going to wait a bit longer.
For several years millions have shared the places they've been using the Where I've Been website and Facebook application. The site also has an API (our Where I've Been API profile), which allows for much of the same functionality, such as searching countries, marking it visited and adding content such as a story or photo.
It's been over a month since an explosion on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico started leaking millions of gallons into the ocean. As with other major events, developers create mashups to help make sense of and consume the massive amounts of news available. Below are three examples of such sites, with a focus on the latest crisis.