Google to get rid of Translate API, among others

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One of the most popular public web services on the Internet, the Google Translate API, was deprecated without warning Thursday and will go dark later this year. Visitors to the API’s web site were greeted with the following notice:

The Google Translate API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. Due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse, the number of requests you may make per day will be limited and the API will be shut off completely on December 1, 2011.


http://www.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/excl ... in;content

I find it odd that Google is doing this on such short notice. :scratchhead:
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Don't like that news, as much of Ozzu's content is translated using that API for others in different languages. Luckily there are alternatives out there to use, but I liked Google's the best. At least there will be a six month window to get things transitioned over.

You can see the full list of the other APIs that Google is getting rid of here:

http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2011/05/ ... -apis.html

They include:

Blog Search API
Books Data API and Books JavaScript API (not the new API)
Image Search API
News Search API
Patent Search API
Safe Browsing API (v1 only)
Translate API
Transliterate API
Video Search API
Virtual Keyboard API
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that is sad news but there must be a reason for removal, they are popular tools so i guess there could be a upgrade of it. Don't see why it would be removed all together.
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If you goto the actual page for the Google Translate API:

http://code.google.com/apis/language/tr ... rview.html

It says:

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The Google Translate API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. Due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse, the number of requests you may make per day will be limited and the API will be shut off completely on December 1, 2011.


So it sounds like their reason is that they were losing money on it.
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It seems like the API types they're getting rid of are all things that probably cause endless duplicate content loops with all the website scrapers out there.
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For those who need a good alternative, you might want to check out this:

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/dev/

The protocol is a bit different, but isn't too hard to switch over. I have spent the last couple of hours working on this and have almost finished the transition for Ozzu.

One thing I actually like about the Microsoft one versus the Google one, is that Google imposed limits of around 400-500 characters for text to be translated which forced me to submit text in batches, and having to make many more requests. With the Microsoft one I am not seeing any limits as far as I can tell, so I can do the same translation work with fewer requests.
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It's sad to see the translation api go. I did some work with it, and to find out I have to switch over is a bit of a pain.
I'm surprised anyway because I would have thought they could make a profit out of that api.
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they make billions else where lol

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