Google releases new Gmail API to give finer grained control and greater speed, potentially exploding the number of use cases. More on the implications of Netflix closing its API. Plus: check in to your hotel room with your phone, and Android offers a new camera API.
Yahoo has moved forward with a great improvement to its Yahoo Query Language (YQL) platform (our YQL API Profile). As you may remember from earlier this year, YQL is a SQL-like programming interface to lots of Yahoo data and APIs that can also support non-Yahoo data as well (think of queries that look like: select id from flickr.photos.search where text='car'). Until recently, the YQL platform only supported read operations, which meant that developers could only pull data from the web. Now Yahoo has expanded YQL to support INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE operations.