BOSS Geo, a new addition added to Yahoo Search API, comprised of two services: PlaceFinder and PlaceSpotter - arming developers with rich new tools for driving more valuable and personalized interactions with their users.
Yahoo notes, they intend to shut down the current free versions of PlaceFinder and PlaceMaker on November 17, 2012.
PlaceFinder is a geocoder (and reverse geocoder) service and it helps developers convert an address into a latitude/longitude and alternatively, if you provide a latitude/longitude it can resolve it to an address. BOSS PlaceFinder offers tiered pricing and one simple monthly bill.
PlaceSpotter API (formerly known as PlaceMaker) allows developers to take a piece of content, pull rich information about the locations mentioned and provide meaning to those locations. "A news article is no longer just text but has rich, meaningful geographical information associated with it. For instance, the next time your users are reading a review of a cool new coffee shop in the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco, they can discover another article about a hip new bakery in the same neighborhood," writes Yahoo.
All current BOSS developer can start using the service with existing key, by simply reviewing the documentation. And, those new, can sign up for BOSS by creating a key, and adding a payment option like a credit card or PayPal.
Those who want to continue with the standalone PlaceFinder and PlaceMaker services, will be supported through YQL tables. "These tables will be limited to 2,000 queries per day and are meant for non-commercial usage," Yahoo said.