Let's talk languages: in this case, not computer programming languages, but human languages. According to the 2009 edition of the SIL International publication Ethnologue: Languages of the World, the estimated 328 million English speakers in the world are dwarfed by the 1.2 billion people who speak Chinese as a first language. And though English has become the lingua franca of many tech industries, users still prefer to interact with products and services in their native tongue. No doubt this was one of the factors which led FlightStats, Portland-based provider of global flight tracking and airport information, to start offering its FlightStats API data in languages other than English.
Multicom, global travel marketplace, has announced the launch of a new cruise API. The API will integrate into Multicom's award winning FindandBook booking system for flights, hotel accommodations, and other travel related resources. Multicom expects the API to streamline cruise bookings for agents and online travel agencies.
Expedia's new API is at the the heart of its Travel Agent Affiliate Program. Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei bellows out names of over 5,000 killed in Sichuan earthquake, shares recording as dataset used in hackathon. Plus: Microsoft unveils a machine searning service for prediction, and Zimbabwe's EcoCash API is launched.