RentRent.org has announced the creation of an API that searches local Craigslist entries for rental properties including apartments and houses. This gives developers the ability to integrate rental searches with mapping applications and APIs (our RentRent API profile has details). [Note that RentRent.org is not associated with Craigslist.org.]
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).
While there’s generally a lot of excitement these days for all things Hadoop the simple fact is that there’s not a whole lot of expertise out there in terms of IT people that know how to build, roll out and then manage an instance of Hadoop. That creates a frustrating conundrum for developers looking to build Big Data applications on top of Hadoop at a time when interest in those applications is staring to reach a frenzy in the enterprise.