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April 20, 2011
The promise of sharing our data from one site with another raises plenty of privacy concerns. While not all of these worries can be solved by technology, one definitely can. You should not have to share your password in order for services to access your content on other sites. That's where OAuth comes in. It's "an open protocol to allow secure API authorization in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications."
Social networking news site Mashable and Yahoo! Search have extended the deadline for the BOSS Mashable Challenge. This contest, now running through October 5th, will award prizes to developers who create the best mashups with the Yahoo BOSS API. As many readers will recall from our earlier coverage on BOSS, the BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) platform lets developers build their own full-blown custom search applications on Yahoo’s index of the Internet, the same infrastructure that underlies Yahoo Search.
The US YellowPages, owned by AT&T, has revamped its developer offerings to launch a robust set of YellowPages APIs. The company also added a modern developer portal, with the ability to track API calls and test queries. The new service is part of a growing trend to share more local data via API. To kick off the new service, AT&T also launched a contest for developers.