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Alexa Top Sites

I was traveling last week and didn’t have time to blog about the launch of the Alexa Top Sites service. Using this service, your application can retrieve sites ordered by their Alexa Traffic Rank. This data can be retrieved globally or on a per-country basis. Cost is just $.00025 per URL, or a quarter for […]

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vkVoice – Text to Speech using Mechanical Turk

The Von Kempelen vk Voice system provides professional-grade text to speech services using their network of “human talkers.” In a nutshell, they transform text into spoken words using a higly qualified Mechanical Turk workforce. The service can accept text in a wide variety of formats including RSS, email, and web forms, and they are ready […]

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Hit Builder – Simplifying the Process of Creating a HIT for The Mechanical Turk

DPA Software’s HIT Builder is now accessible for beta testing. Using this site, it is now possible to create, manage, and collect results from Mechanical Turk HITs without writing any code.The site features both “Pro” and “Wizard” interfaces, with clean and functional tabbed dialogs to lead new Requesters through each step of the process. The […]

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Speaking Engagements for Q1 of 2006

Here are some of the speaking engagements on the AWS Developer Relations calendar for the first quarter of 2006: January 25th – IDC Service-Oriented Architecture Forum, New York January 25th – New York Java Special Interest Group, New York February 7th – Evans Data Developer Relations Conference, San Francisco February 10th – Technology in Business […]

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Links for Dot Net Users Talk Attendees

Last night I opened up my 2006 speaking season with a talk to the Dot Net Users group in Redmond. It had been over a month since I had last spoken in public, and it was fun to get warmed up and in front of a group again. In a whirlwind 90 minute talk, I […]

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SMarkets – Buy Stock in Amazon Products

This is cool, and a little bit different! Smarkets.net allows registered users to buy, sell, and sell short imaginary shares of Amazon products. The share price is based on the product’s current sales rank. As the product’s rank climbs closer to the top (#1), the price also rises. It is possible to bet on a […]

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Updated Mechanical Turk Documentation

We updated the Mechanical Turk documentation over the holidays. The new version includes information on two new functions: The GetQualificationScore operation returns the value of a user’s Qualification for a given Qualification type. The UpdateQualificationScore operation changes the value of a Qualification previously granted to a user. We also clarified some of the information about […]

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