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KML Keyhole Markup Language
XML based
points, shapes, overlays, timebased data
http://code.google.com/apis/kml/

GeoRSS
XMLbased (extension of RSS)
points with associated RSS data
http://developer.yahoo.com/maps/georss/

Google Offerings

My maps
drag and drop WYSIWYG style editor

Google Maps Modules
Javascript, HTML and XML based
plug into maps.google.com to add additional functionality
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/mapplets/

Google Maps API
Javascript and HTML based
allows google maps data to be embedded on your own site.
requires web hosting of some kind
requires registering your site with google to get and access key
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/

Google Maps Flash API
like Google Maps API but in flash.
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/flash/index.html

Google Earth
propriety application
can only interact via KML and GeoRSS

Mapquest Offerings

Javascript API
Flash API (AS3)
FUJAX (Write JavaScript, output Flash)
http://developer.mapquest.com/

Yahoo Maps Offerings

Javascript API
Flash API (AS2 deprecated and AS3)
Local search API
http://developer.yahoo.com/maps/

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