Google Monetizes Maps API

Google will begin charging for use of the Google Maps API starting January 1, 2012, reports Poynter.org. Licenses will be available on a pay-per-use basis or through a licensing agreement that costs “$10,000 for a million page views a year and goes up to $40,000 for 5 million a year.”

Lest you fear for your favorite mapped mash-ups, Google has stated that the API will remain free for up to 25,000 uses per day, meaning the change will affect less than 1 percent of sites.

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News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps
by Steve Meyers
October 28, 2011 URL: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/151358/news-developers-worried-about-new-cost-to-use-google-maps/

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