Yesterday's Mashup of the Day was a fun one for those who miss the good old days of command shells, goosh.org, "the unofficial google shell". Developer Stefan Grothkopp coded this on top of the Google Ajax Search API to give you a command shell for interacting with Google search queries.
Technology blogger Mohamed Marwen Meddah wrote an interesting post recently on his StartUpArabia site: "The Importance of Having An API for Arab Startups". Mohamed notes that, thus far, relatively few Arab online startups have opened up their platforms through APIs. However, he believes that providing an API is crucial for Arab online services.