SEOmoz recently provided an API to their search engine optimization service, and inevitably comparisons were made to Site Explorer, which is a similar service offered by Yahoo. In a field where stats are king, the 500 links offered by the free SEOmoz service seemed to come up short against the 1000 links offered by Site Explorer. That has now changed, with SEOmoz doubling their volume of data available with their free API.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered for free through the end of 2016.
SOA Software has announced new security features to enable advanced identity management and authentication as well as threat protection as part of their API Gateway service. Speaking with ProgrammableWeb, VP of Marketing Sachin Agarwal said the new suite of security features "is an extremely big release for us."