Amazon refreshes Web services tools Inc. released this week a new version of its Web services toolkit, a bundle intended to let developers tap into and repackage product information and other data from's Web site.

One added feature in the new release is syndication technology allowing Web site maintainers to embed's shopping cart technology into their own sites.'s Web services initiative is part of its extensive efforts to encourage outside parties to feature's merchandise on their own sites. Participants in's seven-year-old Associates program, which offers Web site owners a percentage of sales generated through their sites, can use's Web services tools to add dynamic features to their sites, such as real-time pricing and availability information.

The tools can also be used by developers to create applications aimed at the growing ranks of vendors either selling merchandise through or offering's wares on their own sites. held a competition in late 2002 asking developers to create store-builder applications using its Web services tools; the winning product, StorePerfect from WebWin Solutions Inc., sells for US$59.99.

More than 25,000 developers have enrolled in's free Web services program since its launch ten months ago, the Seattle-based company said. The program is available for the U.S.-based Web site and for U.K.-based Other country sites will be added to the program in the future, said.

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