April 9, 2015
Single purpose API
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Your local newspaper probably uses maps on its site. If it doesn't, it will soon. As newspapers look online for readership (and thus, revenue), they look for new ways to show information related to the places they cover.
The New York Times has been in the forefront of experimenting with open technologies for journalism, with its varied news APIs (our directory currently contains 10 New York Times APIs) in the areas of news remixing, civic data, social activity, and niche topics. Now the Gray Lady is focusing on developers with a series of themed conferences.
Perhaps that Bing-Yahoo search deal is paying off. Even though Maps and Flickr aren't known to be part of the deal, Microsoft has connected its Bing Maps to the Flickr API in a unique way. It overlays geotagged Creative Commons photos over its current StreetSide imagery, as shown in the video embedded below.