hmm. not much fanfare on this yet, but i thought it was rather significant:
Google Homepage API
(also: Gary Price from SearchEngineWatch comments here)
other Google developer links:
still pretty low-key, but i guess that's their style. doesn't necessarily mean it's a good style tho -- simplicity isn't always a virtue, especially when it could be confused with secrecy or disinterest. i don't know if that's really what's going on, but it does demonstrate a lack of prioritization on evangelism and platform education at Google. personally i think that's a huge mistake on their part.
Microsoft may not be the model for web-based developer evangelism (actually i'd say Yahoo's doing the best job right now), but there's certainly a lot to be learned from previous approaches. Ballmer might appear comically fanatical above, but at least in terms of focus & emphasis they got it right.
(and btw, if anyone @ Google would like to discuss further & tell me why i'm off-base lemme know. often wrong but hardly ever in doubt... and my first 5 minutes are free.)