Niels H. Christensen on Semantic Web Recipes presents how to load and parse linked-data and render in conjunction with Google Charts. He consumes a sample government API that supplies bus transportation data. This walkthrough formatted how-to is fit with code examples to aid the reader.
The "Car as a Platform" wars have been heating up for some time now and ProgrammableWeb has published several posts on the topic, including: "Car as a Platform Wars: GM Joins Ford" by Adam DuVander, "Ford Launches Program That Provides Developers Ability to Create Vehicle-Controlled, Voice-Activated Smartphone Apps" by Janet Wagner, and "Have You Driven a Ford API Lately? Round Up on the Connected Car" by Greg Bates.
Sunlight Labs announced a new API for streaming U.S. congressional activity. The Sunlight Labs Real Time Congress API (RTC) covers a broad range of U.S. House and Senate actions and data as soon as it's available on the web. The API can be queried and combined with other APIs including the Sunlight Labs Congress API that contains data on legislators.
How much will it cost to hire that cabbie? The Yourtaximeter API gives access to such precise data that cab companies in the UK rely on it to give quotes. Yourtaximeter provides a tool anyone can use to calculate a fare. The API documentation, other than providing a link to where you can get an access key and noting responses are flexibly delivered in JSON or XML, is rather skimpy. That's actually a complement: minimal documentation reflects the fact that no coding skills are required.