As business computing migrates to SaaS applications, developers must address the problem of the data silos the software creates. APIs let you move data in and out of these online applications but, they present a new set of problems: managing data in several applications using several APIs.
Earlier this week Microsoft announced that it is making some of the imagery used in its Virtual Earth platform available for purchase (more on Virtual Earth in our VE SDK profile). The imagery, taken with Microsoft's proprietary UltraCam shown below is available for approximately 200 cities (in high resolution and averaging less than two years old).
Our API directory now includes 54 data APIs. The newest is the PicketReport Lifestyle API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the RapLeaf API. We list 6 RapLeaf mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of data APIs.