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Yahoo claimed in the post on its official blog that in the near future Placespotter and Placefinder, its standalone and free services, would be merged by the company’s paid Search API BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service). Yahoo informed that BOSS would contain geolocation data both from Placefinder and Placespotter, the search API was specially expanded.
Yahoo developed Placefinder as a geocoding service to convert place names and addresses into geographic coordinates and the intended use of Placespotter is to provide related location information.
BOSS was introduced by Yahoo in 2008 as a free service that was worked out to favor the further development of the search. BOSS has undergone a lot of changes since 2008. One of them is that the service is available only on a paying basis at present.
Although nowadays Yahoo search (web and image search) is powered by Bing index, BOSS differs from Bing Search API, according to a Yahoo spokesman. He suggests that Yahoo’s Search API is much more than traditional search. BOSS is a conglomeration of commercial services for creators and developers. Search is one of the components of BOSS’ structure. API developers are able to monetize their offerings with the help of Yahoo’s Search. Everything they should do is to take Yahoo sponsored search advertising and generate an income share. Moreover, Yahoo’s commercial terms are rather broad and support is strong enough.
The Yahoo spokesperson adds that BOSS is the only service that is powered not by Yahoo’s own index or the company’s additional technology for the existent services.