The Google Maps API took a hit in France as non-competitive. The Gnip API now lets its customers go back in time, tweet-wise, retroactively tracking specific terms. Plus: APIs for hustlers, putting the "why" in user permissions and 10 new APIs.
Google is inviting developers from around the world to participate in the "Google Places API Developer Challenge 2012", a contest that encourages developers to help address the needs of local communities by creating applications that use the Google Places API and available municipal data sources.
You may remember our earlier post on Yahoo Placemaker, a new 'geo-enrichment' platform that includes an API (our Placemaker API Profile) that can be used to make applications and data sets location-aware by determining the 'whereness' of unstructured content. Now, Yahoo developer evangelist Christian Heilmann has released GeoMaker, a new app that makes it dead simple to use the Placemaker API with any web site.