Do you fancy yourself checking in for dinner with Foursquare founder, Naveen Selvadurai wearing a Foursquare Champion Belt? The location-sharing platform has thrown in that opportunity as part of its unique Round-The-World, Round-The-Clock Hackathon. The event plans to bring together developers to collaborate locally and globally to build cool applications using the Foursquare API and win some cool prizes too.
In October Google announced the cost for Google Maps if you use above 25,000 map loads per day. Many developers balked at paying for a service that had been free for several years, though it affected fewer than 1% of developers using the Google Maps API. Now the search giant is lowering the cost from $4-8 CPM to a fixed price of $0.50 per 1,000 map views. It will also start enforcing the price, though the company says this process is not automated.