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There are now 700 social mashups in our mashup directory. Social apps are growing quickly, as we noted when the directory reached 5,000 total mashups. Social mashups now make up 9% of the directory, up from less than 3% in 2008. The growth has been pushed forward primarily by two social stalwarts: the Twitter API and the Facebook API.
While Google leads the way in web search and Yahoo leads the way in answers, many upstart services are attempting to help you make decisions by giving you smarter answers to your questions. Microsoft has billed its new search offering Bing as both a "decision engine" and an "answer engine." Now there's Hunch, a new start-up founded by Flickr's Caterina Fake, which also aims to be a decision engine, but using a very different model. By first asking the user questions ranging from food preferences to pet peeves, Hunch tries to provide answers to questions that best match the user's interests based on crowdsourced data collected from other users.
Path.com has a mobile app, so of course it has an API. Someone sniffed the traffic and discovered something naughty. And you know the answer-anything Wolframe Alpha? Find out why it really, really likes Apple's Siri. Plus: Facebook gaming, Google Plus developers and 18 new APIs.