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Canada’s Yellow Pages Group (YPG) is launching a new developer ecosystem to support and stimulate startup innovation in the local search and location based services market, including a certified developer program and four ways to monetize applications. The new developer ecosystem comes partly from the group's work with hackfests. “We got tired of seeing all these great ideas die after the hack, we wanted to make sure these potential local search apps were brought to market," YPG's Bradley Wing said. YPG understands the YellowAPI is a natural extension of its existing business model, and extends the reach of its advertisers by feeding their listings through 3rd parties applications built on the platform.
Service Objects, a company that provides APIs for contact and customer data verification, has announced a new API that provides access to global geolocation data based on address. Specifically, the DOTS Address Geocode API provides both longitude and latitude coordinates.
Microsoft's Bing has launched a private preview release of two new Bing Maps APIs. The Bing Maps Location Recognition API and Bing Maps Autosuggest API allow developers to deliver new kinds of experiences and provide richer analytics about locations at which users are situated.