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The free evening newspaper The London Paper made headlines itself last week, for two seemingly contradictory reasons. First, New Media Age reported the paper is launching an API. Then, further reports said it will cease publishing in less than a month.
Google has announced its latest API with a haiku of all things: New admin tool dawns Settings change like the seasons For hosted email That's from Andrew Olsen of the Google Apps team, announcing the Google Email Settings API, which allows IT administrators at organizations that use the Gmail-based Google Apps hosted webmail solution to "programmatically update Gmail settings for their users in bulk by making requests to a GData feed." Previously, settings could only be changed manually, on an account-by-account basis.
Yammer, a microblogging-for-business site and winner of the top prize at the recent TechCrunch50 conference, has released an API to allow developers to build their own applications around the service (Yammer API profile). Created by the people behind genealogy site Geni, Yammer has taken the tried and tested Twitter model, which asks users to answer the question "What are you doing?" in 140 characters or less, and adapted it for businesses, turning the question into "What are you working on?"