April 6, 2010
There's a new way to get thousands of local points of interest into your web maps: the CloudMade Data Market Place. There's a fee for using the data, but otherwise it's as easy as the standard CloudMade API (our CloudMade API profile). For a few hundred dollars per year, you can add any restaurant in the U.S., hospitals in the UK to your map, or one of about 80 datasets.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. Our metrics are based on developer engagement. The "track" functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. Which APIs and categories are seeing the most activity.
There is a new way to play FourSquare, the location-sharing game that just celebrated its first birthday. Kickball is an iPhone app that uses the FourSquare API (our FourSquare API profile) to let users check-in or see their friends. But it adds a few features that may have you leaving behind the flagship app that first made FourSquare so popular.