Planet, an Earth-imaging API provider, has introduced a new Developer Trial Program. The program allows developers to use Planet’s suite of APIs before signing up and paying for production use. Trial users receive an actual API key that allows real requests and receives real data.
Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp, Facebook Places, the list goes on. There's certainly no shortage of methods to tell people where you are and what you're doing while you're there. Startup Whatser, built on the SoGeo API for location-based apps, has jumped into the ring with a different approach to check-in services: to be useful.
It's been a short time since Microsoft announced the release of Bing, their next generation search platform (with its own Bing API). Along with the name change, several of Microsoft's product offerings have also rebranded, including two core mapping products: Live Search Maps and Virtual Earth. This means that Virtual Earth API will be no more -- it is now officially called the Bing Maps API (we've added a new Bing Maps API profile).