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In a world where real-time data streams are becoming much more common, and with the volume of that data continuing to increase, it makes sense that a framework would be developed to increase the ease at which that data can be processed. Yahoo! S4 isn't the first such framework to be concieved, or even open sourced, but it is likely to massively increase awareness that such frameworks exist, what problems they may help solve and get developers thinking about how they could use the technology and potentially increase the likelihood of somebody moving S4-like capabilities into the cloud and offering it as as service.
Late last week we reported on Yahoo's decision to shut down two of its APIs: the Term Extraction and the Contextual Web Search (our profiles of the Yahoo Term Extraction API and the Yahoo Search API). But in response to outcry from the developer community since that announcement, it looks like Yahoo will be keeping the Term Extraction alive.
Mertech has launched a multilanguage, multiprotocol API development tool aimed at the SMB market. Named Evolution, the tool allows Windows apps to be consumed as a service.