Google will deprecate its Google Maps Data API in January, lending support instead to its popular new Google Fusion Tables API. Both store geographic data and allow developers to access it programmatically. The move to discontinue support of the Maps Data API does not affect the Google Maps API, the third version of which Google sent into production in May.
Facebook is taking another big reach toward location sharing with its latest update to its Places API. When the platform launched in August, we wrote that it was "read only for now." Now all developers can, with users' permission, share their locations on Facebook. And, perhaps more exciting, Facebook has opened up its venue database to help out.