Guardian opens its content to the world, launches API

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The Guardian, a British newspaper, has today launched the Guardian Open Platform. “What’s that?”, you may ask. It’s an open API for all the Guardian’s web content. More simply, it’s a way for anyone to freely use Guardian content and data for whatever they want.

You may be wondering why on earth the paper would give its content away for free, given that it charges for it in paper form. Well, the answer is that the Guardian wants to be an all-pervasive source of knowledge on the web, rather than just a site that people have to go to to get that content.

Using the new system, anyone will be able to integrate Guardian data into web applications. The Guardian, in return, gets ad revenues. For the moment, it’s limited to just 5000 queries a day, and it’s all still in beta, but with any luck the Guardian can use their strong trusted position to become the default content provider for many sites on the net.

Guardian Open Platform (via TechCrunch)

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eBay Nutcase of the Week: Anyone paying $100 for one of yesterday's Barack Obama-themed newspapers

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Yesterday’s American newspapers, all of which carried various combinations of the words “Obama” and “wins” and “change” on their covers, are selling on eBay for vast sums today thanks to the whole incredible level of excitement surrounding the election of America’s first ever president.

Copies of the New York Times, pictured left, which led with the simple headline “Obama,” are currently fetching around $100 each on eBay, despite the NYT hurriedly printing an extra 75,000 copies to meet demand on the day as desperate punters tried to grab themselves a piece of history…

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Club Penguin Times is more widely read than many real-world papers

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Club Penguin Times, the weekly online newspaper from Club Penguin – Disney’s virtual world – is apparently read by about 6.7 million people. Think about that for a minute. A paper covering a fictitious world full of penguins has more than double the readers than the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian – any of the UK newspapers…

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