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Design A Graphical User Interface Using AJAX-Enabled AOL Video Search APIs And Win $12,000!

AOL and TopCoder Announce AOL Video Mashup Competition

AOL and TopCoder, specialist in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development, announced a call for entries in the AOL Video Mashup Competition. Developers submit original concepts for Web applications based on new AOL Video Search APIs that enable users to mashup and integrate AOL's powerful video search technology directly into their Web sites and online communities.

Developers are asked to design a graphical user interface or submit a written explanation in order to clearly convey their mashup concept using AOL Video Search APIs. All submissions are due by January 5, 2007.

Finalists will be selected on January 22, 2007. AOL will choose the winner from the finalists who participate in the Review and Revision phase, in which AOL works with each designer finalist to refine their idea. The winner will be announced on February 8, 2007 and will receive a grand prize of $12,000. For contest details and rules, visit: http://studio.topcoder.com/.

AOL Video Search APIs, which are available in both REST and AJAX, enable third-party developers to build innovative video search-driven applications that access AOL's extensive index containing millions of videos from across the Web. The REST API delivers XML-formatted video search results that can be easily incorporated into your web pages. The AJAX API runs in the browser and lets client applications access video search results directly from JavaScript.

The AOL Video Search APIs enable users to mashup and integrate the following functionality directly into their Web sites:
-- Advanced keyword searching as well as video browsing by category, channel, tag or user
-- Advanced sorting and filtering capabilities for video search results
-- Rich support for user ratings, tagging, favorites, etc.
-- Integrated support for easy user sharing on social networking sites, blogs, etc.
-- Full RSS support to enable easy syndication of video search results
-- Easy self-service online sign-up


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