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Yahoo Search API

Just in time for it’s 10 year anniversary, Yahoo opened up API access to its search platform.  Allowing programmatic access to search services via URLs is a trail that Google has already blazed but in what maybe another arms race as we saw with hosted email storage, Yahoo allows five times the number of queries; 5,000 over a 24 hour period.

There’s already an O’Reilly Hacks book in the queue (what’s with the cowboy boots on the cover anyway?), a growing list of applications that’s hosted on a wiki, and, a developer’s weblog running on our favorite blog platform, Movable Type.
Jeremy Zawodny
has done a great job of bringing together all the right tools to get this ecosystem off the ground and is clearly the booster that made it happen. Great work!

Opening up access this way ties in nicely with Yahoo’s media hub strategy which distributes their services in order to drive people back to Yahoo properties, boosting page views for advertising and brand awareness. The question on everyone’s mind is if the Search API set is a trial balloon for a broader rollout of other services. Yahoo IM? Finance? Music? Maps? Horoscope API anyone?

ThinkEquity, Equity Research Demystified

ThinkEquity Partners, a San Francisco based boutique investment firm, launched a blog for its equity research analysts. From their press release:

"ThinkBlog is leading the revolution in our industry," said Mr. Moe.
"With the NYSE making a play to extend trading hours to foster European
investments, real-time insightful intelligence on the ever-changing
landscape of the marketplace will be paramount. We are the first
Investment Bank to launch its own blog creating real-time, dynamic
exchange with bloggers from the worlds of business, technology and
investing. No other bank allows the level of openness and collaboration
between its readers, proving once again that ThinkEquity Partners LLC
is a leader in new media that is emerging due to its anywhere, anytime
access."

By being the first of their peers they gained a bit of press buzz which hopefully gave them some new clients but, more importantly, by jumping feet first into the conversation, they will now reap the benefits of deeper insight into what’s going on in the market and find their voice and build cred. I see big opportunities for the equity analysts to use blogs to build a brand around their research and hope to see more Analyst Blogs soon.

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Julia has these clip on earings that she likes to wear and her entire attitude changes when she puts them on, becoming more flirty and, in her eyes at least, sophisticated.

Tyler, on the other hand, clips them on top of his ears and acts the goof.

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