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Most of us would know exactly what the phrases 'slug bug', 'punch bug' or 'punch beetle' mean. They're normally associated with sudden shrieks and a punch in the arm. I'm talking about that old car game that created hours of fun for any kid on a boring car journey. The object of the game was to be the first to spot a Volkswagen Beetle, call out 'slug bug' and punch the other player in the arm. Using Google Street View Imagery via the Google Maps API, Volkswagen has brought this much-loved, old tradition into the modern digital world. Now anyone, anywhere can play the game without ever having to be in a car.
It's often said that in New York City everything comes down to real estate. The tenth API to emerge from the New York Times developer network addresses this topic with pricing data for the five borough's residential properties.
Customer service-focused Zappos intends to make public a feature of its Zappos API that allows customers to access order history. The feature is currently available in its official iPhone and iPad apps, though there is no timeline for when Zappos will make it available to its growing developer community.