Google yesterday announced that it will be updating the Google Maps APIs with a new basemap look and feel that is consistent with the look and feel that is now present across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps. The updated look and feel was implemented to improve user experience.
Your next geo app is going to be easier to build. Instead of running your own database and collecting geographic data yourself, you can build on top of TownMe and its newly-launched read/write Geo API (tech details at our TownMe API profile).
ClimaCell has announced the launch of its Micro Weather API which provides hyper-local historical and real-time weather data. The API returns weather data requests such as real-time weather, short-term forecast (nowcast), heatmap tiled image, and a rectangular grid of weather details.