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Web's Biggest Brands Mapped in a Fantasy Landscape

Data displayed on Google Maps are perhaps the most popular types of mashups today. Seeing things on a map helps you better understand, memorize and relate data to where you can physically find them. But is a map visualization suitable also for non-geographical data? Internet conference Web 2.0 created a Points of Control map showing a fantasy landscape of Internet companies, complete with markers and zoom levels.

Best New Mashups: Social Graphing, Realtime Emotions and a Virtual Assistant

The mashups included below all clarify mountains of information. Using APIs, they gather the data and show it to the user in a way that makes sense. In one case, it's a bar chart of emotions expressed over Twitter and other realtime search engines. Another takes your LinkedIn connections and displays them graphically. The other brings a handful of APIs to your iPhone, responding to your voice.

Best New Mashups: Count Tweets, Find Graffiti and Watch YouTube TV

Ready to entertain those tired eyes? The mashups we've chosen all offer a unique ways to look at ordinary content. In one case, it's a way to visualize how quickly tweets are shooting around the Twitterverse. Another brings what might be all of the graffiti multimedia on the web to one place. And finally, enjoy the anachronism of watching your YouTube videos in an old timey television.

Google Releases Fusion Tables API for Visualizing and Sharing Data

Google has released a new API for Fusion Tables, a Google Labs app that allows users to import, integrate, analyze, and visualize data in a variety of ways. The new API allows developers to programmatically perform a variety of tasks, including data import and export (more at our Google Fusion Tables API Profile). The API itself is integrated with several other Google APIs, including the Google Maps API and the Google Visualization API. In fact, developers can also leverage App Engine to easily develop data processing and analysis apps that easily integrate with various other Google APIs.