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There are many ways to travel and experience new places, and it doesn't always have to include impersonal and expensive hotels. Imagine having your own warm, more personal space when you travel; a home away from home that cuts travel costs as well. This is the concept behind 9Flats. It's a service that connects those who have a room, apartment or house to rent with those looking for more personal, affordable, alternative accommodation. The 9Flats API makes this functionality available to third party developers who may want to integrate it with other applications.
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.
Boasting 400,000 restaurant menus spanning over 13,000 cities, the SinglePlatform API is filled with valuable content. And it's giving it away to developers for free. The company has big publishing partners signed on, including the New York Times and Foursquare. And restaurant menus are only its first act.
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