Topsy, a search tool based on real-time social media activity, has unveiled a new service called Topsy Social Analytics that tracks the rise and fall in popularity of specific pieces of online content as well as broader trends in online discussion. The analytics tool, like the Topsy API, uses publicly available data from Twitter to rank content and identify trends.
FlightStats, leading provider of global flight information, has launched the FlightStats Flex APIs to put FlightStats' rich data in the hands of third-party developers. The product is a suite of APIs that allows developers access to a variety of flight/airport data (i.e. flight status in near real-time, flights in progress tracking, map-based tracking, flight schedules and availability, and airport information). FlightStats' data covers 99.5% of U.S. flights, and more than 80% of commercial flights worldwide.