October 6, 2015
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Here's a novel concept to encourage open government applications: pay your best developers. Apparently that's exactly what the UK's Office of Public Sector Information would like to do now that it has launched Data.gov.uk.
Last month, GraphEffect announced an API that allows multiple parties/companies to collaborate on projects using their own marketing/collaboration tools. Now, GraphEffect has launched another platform, Shift.com, that empowers applications to communicate with each other.
Google's App Engine product has been available for developers to build upon since last April, and in that time has been free to all, up to certain resource limits. Many have taken advantage of that capability to build thousands of apps including some now in our directory like the iTunes clone The Cloud Player and the Yahoo BOSS search mashup 4hoursearch. But the most common request from App Engine developers has been the ability to go beyond the initial resource limits. As of today, Google has lifted those limits and will let apps scale beyond those early free quotas.