Liz Gannes

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Factual Kicks Off Universal Translator for Places

Big data provider Factual has launched a new free API called Crosswalk that unites the mess of online place pages for various businesses. Fwix, Hunch, CityGrid, Citysearch, Urbanspoon, SimpleGeo, Loopt, GrubHub, Gogobot, OpenMenu, GreatSchools, Retailigence, HotelsCombined, Menuplatform and Allmenus are all contributing their entries (U.S. only for now) to Factual’s canonical database of URLs. This could open up cool opportunities to integrate and analyze data from the oh-so-many local reviews and social sites.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus