Facebook created an API to fight abusive political ads. The Ad Archive API is being tested by a select group of researchers, academics, and publishers. Through the API, developers gain access to ad data including the ad creator, content, recipient, impressions, target demographic and more.
Google announced DoubleClick Bid Manager API v1.1. Two major changes affect queries and reports methods. All other API methods remain the same in the v1.1 release. Report columns are now mapped one to one to API filters, and query/report resource responses are now paginated.
As the various offerings by mapping API providers continue to mature, new opportunities have emerged for would-be advertisers and map mashup developers to tap into the ability to include advertising directly on a map. In addition to providing a wealth of information and spatial context, mapping APIs have the potential to serve as an additional venue for advertising.