June 5, 2014
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Back in February 2010 we asked Why can't you share photos on Foursquare? We discussed that this could be seen as an oversight or an opportunity for others. However, this question has now been deprecated by Foursquare with the introduction of its add photo API method, which suggests that the previous absence of a method was simply because it wasn't a priority, it was an oversight or the opportunity hasn't been taken up by developers as Foursquare had hoped. In addition to the new add photo method, Foursquare have also introduced API methods which allow comments to be added and deleted from checkins. These methods have already been rolled into the official iPhone and Android apps along with a few 3rd party apps that use the Foursquare API.
Riders on New York City subways are subject to all sorts of sights. For several months, that has included prominent advertisements for the MTA API, the developer program of New York City's transit company. The ad (pictured below) includes the headline, "Our apps are whiz kid certified."
MapQuest launched another site on top of OpenStreetMap, this time for the United States. With it, came an opportunity to have your directions written in "Santa Speak," something that is also available in MapQuest's Open Directions API, along with several other languages. The new site is MapQuest's largest built with data from the "free wiki world map" and consumes at least one API itself, for showing bugs in OpenStreetMap's database.