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The tension that has been building for months between Amazon and supporters of the OpenStack cloud computing framework is finally starting to boil over. This week Hewlett-Packard announced that it will no longer support the Amazon Web Services API on the public cloud computing service it unfurled earlier this week. According to a statement released to ProgrammableWeb by by Roger Levy, vice president and general manager for HP Public Cloud, the issue comes down to Amazon’s ongoing effort to lock customers into a proprietary API.
“Hey Smitty, I got this guy’s email address. Can you do some digging and tell me more about ‘em? How much does he make? What are his hobbies? Oh, and I want to see pictures of his pet dog too. Can you do it?” “Yea boss, I’ll get you your information, buckets full of it. I’ll make it rain!” This is the imaginary old timey gangster context I imagine around the idea behind Rainmaker, its contacts service and Rainmaker API.
Seattle based Front Seat software launched a new service to rank public transit for an area. The service almost perfectly illustrates the value of open government data. The "Transit Score" offers a handy location score that's compelling because transportation is a major factor in picking an affordable place to live.