eBay to make APIs free to developers

Auction giant to make access to its application programming interfaces free to its more than 21,000 developers.

eBay was set on Monday to make access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) free to its more than 21,000 developers for creating programs that enable people to buy and sell things through the online auctioneer's network. Previously, developers paid from $1.25 to $2.90 per 1,000 items listed and an annual fee of $500. eBay also is sponsoring a developer contest with a top prize award of $5,000 for the most innovative application.

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