November 2005

Newsletter #13

  • Announcing Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Alexa Web Information Service 1.0 Released
  • Announcing Amazon Historical Pricing
  • Success Story: Net Applications
  • Developer Contest Still Open
  • Event Calendar: Upcoming Chat Topics and Event Schedule
  • Announcing Amazon Mechanical Turk

    Today, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs – something children can do even before they learn to speak. However, when we think of interfaces between human beings and computers, we usually assume that the human being is the one requesting that a task be completed, and the computer is completing the task and providing the results. What if this process were reversed and a computer program could ask a human being to perform a task and return the results? What if it could coordinate many human beings to perform a task?

    Amazon Mechanical Turk does this, providing a web services API for computers to integrate Artificial Artificial Intelligence directly into their processing.

    Learn more about this new web service on our web site.

    Alexa Web Information Service 1.0 Released

    The Alexa Web Information Service 1.0 release is now available. The Alexa Web Information Service offers developers a platform for creating innovative applications based on Alexa’s vast repository of information about the Web.

    IMPORTANT: The beta version will be retired on December 1st. Please move to the official version as soon as possible.

    Learn more about this web service on our web site.

    Announcing Amazon Historical Pricing

    The Amazon Historical Pricing web service gives developers programmatic access to over three years of actual sales data for books, music, videos, and DVDs (as sold by third-party sellers on Sellers can use Amazon Historical Pricing to make informed decisions on pricing and purchasing.

    Learn more about this new web service on our web site:

    Learn more about this web service on our web site.

    Success Story: Net Applications

    Our latest developer success story showcases how Net Applications provides customers with accurate, relevant information regarding the sources of their web traffic. Using the Alexa Web Information Service, Net Applications achieved competitive differentiation and positive customer response.

    Read the Success Story

    Developer Contest Still Open

    There are just under two months left in the contest! You can use any web service from Amazon Web Services in combination with Microsoft Visual Studio to create an application for submission. For example, build a requester application with our newest web service, Amazon Mechanical Turk!

    Read more about the contest.

    Event Calendar: Upcoming Chat Topics and Event Schedule

    Connect live with Amazon Web Services to assist you in your development effort and discuss your questions and topics of interest.

    • 23-Nov: Open chat
    • 30-Nov: Open chat
    • 07-Dec: Chat with Amazon Historical Pricing Product Management
    • 21-Dec: Tell us how you’re using Amazon’s newest web services!
    • 28-Dec: No chat scheduled – enjoy the holidays!
    Come and see representatives from Amazon Web Services at these upcoming events:

    • 08-Jan: Jeff Barr @ Affiliate Summit
    • 12-Jan: Werner Vogels @ Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference
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