Google has announced introduced new Google APIs Terms of Service and an update to Code Labs. In a December 12 blog post, Adam Feldman, Product Manager explains:
Beginning today, most of Google APIs use a single Terms of Service. The new Terms of Service is another step in making Google APIs more technically consistent by sharing common infrastructure such as the Discovery service, the APIs Explorer, and the APIs Console.
“We’ve rewritten these terms from the ground up with the goals of making them concise and easier to understand. Our intent is to simplify, not to make dramatic functional changes,” blogged Feldman.
Adding, he says “For all the APIs that share this single Terms of Service, you won’t need to study a whole new document, although some have brief specific Additional Terms. In this rewrite, we have removed over 125,000 words from the combined previous terms, resulting in less to read and faster access to your favorite APIs.”
Over time, other APIs will be migrated to the new terms. Please review each API’s documentation to see its terms.
Google also removing the Code Labs Label from APIs on code.google.com.
“The Google Labs program has wound down. APIs formerly in Code Labs will now use the standard header in their documentation. The APIs themselves are unchanged,” revealed Feldman.
In other Google news, v1.16 of the DoubleClick for Advertisers (DFA) API is now available. “This release consists entirely of security and performance enhancements. It does not alter the objects exposed by the API,” informs Google.
Deprecation of v1.14: v1.14 will be removed from service on January 21st, 2011.
Sunset of v1.15 in Early March: “v1.15 will be sunset in early March, a period of 6 months from its release date instead of the usual 7 months,” revealed Google.