Start-up is mining public data bases to provide users hyper-focused news, such street construction, liquor-licenses applications, and lost-and-found items on Craigslist.
New street-level view in Google Maps shows panoramas and offers zoom-in feature to read signs. Images: Google's view from the street
At MashupCamp, one of the youngest attendees on hand walked away with the big prize. Photos: Crowning the top mashup
Like software makers, Web sites are encouraging coders to build upon their data, giving users more-tailored services.
The two companies hope to encourage developers to create new apps to expand search. Also: Amazon launches mapping service.