Quick Hits: Yahoo to Charge for BOSS Search API

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punch_small.jpgADOTAS – No More Free BOSS. Things have changed dramatically in Yahoo’s search — with the switchover to Bing, Yahoo announced that BOSS, its search API for other websites, will no longer be free. Similar to Google’s custom search API, developers will have to pay 80 cents per 1,000 searches for unlimited searches across the Web. The price drops to 40 cents for a limited index, 30 cents for images only and 10 cents for just news. However, TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld notes that Google charges between $4 and $5 per 1,000 searches. BOSS may no longer be free, but it is a steal.

Smartphone Proliferation. According to comScore, there were 63.2 million U.S. smartphone users during fourth quarter 2010, a 60% year-over-year increase on fourth quarter 2009’s 38.7 million. Google Android’s smartphone share came passed Apple — 28.7% and 25%, respectively — but RIM is still hanging on to the top spot with 31.6% of the smartphone market, down 5.7% between third and fourth quarter.

AOL = Anti-Corporation. Best buds Arianna Huffington, the new CEO of AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group, and Tim Armstrong, AOL CEO, hit just about every cable television channel last night to gloat about the glorious AOL-HuffPo merger. On CNN, Armstrong actually said, “I think we’re actually the anti-corporation right now,” which sounds accurate — most corporations consistently increase their revenue. ZING!

Twitter Orientation. Since seeing these ridiculous pictures of Twitter’s office when it opened in November 2009, I’ve wondered what the orientation process is like for new employees at the microblogger — do you get DJ lessons or are you forced to immediately show your spinning skills on the office turntables? On Quora Alex McCauley gives details about the process known as “Yes to Desk” — from the moment you say yes to the recruiter to when you sit down and start coding. Operations Engineer John Adams chimes in, “I have heard coworkers tell me that they learned more in the first two weeks at Twitter than they have learned in years of employment.”

Zuck Stalker. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has received a restraining order against Pradeep Manukonda, a California man who has reportedly hit up several Palo Alto Facebook offices trying to get Zuck to financially assist his family. In addition, Manukonda has been sending letters to Zuck and his sister, Randi, that included “threatening” language. The restraining order requires Manukonda to stay 300 yards from Zuckerberg, Randi and Zuck’s fiance, Priscilla Chan.

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