Bing Maps Geocode libraries by Microsoft are available in .NET to work with multiple mapping applications. The MSDN library site offers development tools and languages for SharePoint, Kinect, Lumia, Microsoft Robotics, and Windows SDK. To geocode a location, users can use Bing Maps REST resources that include guides to initialize, add controls, make requests, and display results.
The prevalence of mashups on the web is probably thanks to the Google Maps API and other mapping APIs. It remains the most popular type of mashup, more than three times the second-most, photos. The ubiquity means maybe map mashups have lost some of their luster.
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.