The Google Places iOS SDK by Tom Corwine aims to simplify auto completion using the Google Places API. The usefulness of the API is to return data about a geographic location with an HTTP request. In order to avoid dependencies for this SDK, the library does not validate with JSON responses.
It's a little bit creepy, but it's also a little bit genius. Singles for Foursquare builds a dating and messaging service on top of the location-sharing application. The result is a mashup that could match up hip iPhone-using, Foursquare-playing, same-bar-going early adopters.
The Google Maps API took a hit in France as non-competitive. The Gnip API now lets its customers go back in time, tweet-wise, retroactively tracking specific terms. Plus: APIs for hustlers, putting the "why" in user permissions and 10 new APIs.
Sometimes it takes a little human intervention to make semantic applications easier to build. The Guardian newspaper has augmented its Open Platform API with unique identifiers for bands and books. In turn, the company has simplified the process of creating a mashup that uses multiple sources to focus on a single work, which may help its content spread farther.