Dapper – screen scraping Web API for any site
Now people will be able to create applications that use the data from any web site easily. Screen scraping is nothing new (I used perl and WWW::Mechanize + regular expressions). You can do cool things like take local movie times, IMDB posters, and RottenTomatoes reviews and mash them all up into a site that will tell you what movies are worth seeing and where they are playing.
Easy screen scraping will push copyright issues to the forefront as new sites are designed showing the contents from others.
One of the first Dapper apps offered is Blotter, a tool to create Technorati rank graphs.
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