Webware Radar: FatWallet gets redesign, coupon search

Also: Spark Capital has launched a new funding initiative for companies around Boston and New York; Last.fm is making a public streaming API available; and Yahoo's FareChase has seen its last day.

FatWallet.com, a company that provides online coupons and exclusive offers from retailers, announced the launch of a new site design Wednesday. Along with a new navigation tool, the site has added Coupon Search, which allows users to find valid coupons from retailers worldwide. According to the company, the redesign will also give users more chances to "share" and "subscribe" to the site via e-mail, social bookmarking, and RSS feeds. The site's new design is live now.

Spark Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in Internet and new-media companies, including Twitter and Boxee, announced Wednesday that it has launched a new initiative that will fund early-stage companies in and around Boston and New York City. Dubbed Start@Spark, the investment fund will dole out $250,000 and will not be restricted to tech companies. Entrepreneurs who become part of the program will have access to Spark Capital's various services, including legal counsel.

Social music service Last.fm announced Wednesday that it will make "a public, documented streaming API available to everyone who has an API account" with the company. Slated for release at the end of the week, only subscribers will be able to stream with the help of the company's API (application programming interface) and clients will not be able to stream content to mobile phones, due to the firm's licensing agreements. (Disclosure: Last.fm and CNET News are both owned by CBS.)

Yahoo's travel site, FareChase, will cease operation by the end of Wednesday, the company announced on the site's home page. Starting Thursday, anyone looking to use Yahoo to find deals on flights, hotels, and cars will be able to use Yahoo Travel instead. The company didn't say why FareChase will be shuttered, but the site is still available for those who want to try it out one last time.

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