We are very excited to announce a partnership between Magento and StrikeIron, the leader in Data as a Service. The integration with StrikeIron will provide Magento store owners the ability to easily integrate with a variety of useful data, including global address verification, sales and use tax rates (US), currency exchange rates and email verification. The ability to access this information through a web service will provide numerous benefits to Magento store owners. “StrikeIron is excited that Magento will be integrating our web services with their ecommerce platform,” said Bob Brauer, president and CEO of StrikeIron. “This partnership illustrates the ease with which applications can be extended with real-time data offered through our web services.” The production version of Magento (Magento 1.0) will include integration with two of the StrikeIron web services to begin, with more to follow soon after, including address verification for the US and sales tax rates. The first two StrikeIron web services to be integrated will be the Foreign Exchange Rates Web Service and the Email Verification Web Service. The Foreign Exchange Rates Web Service includes current foreign exchange rates for 23 current and 9 legacy currencies, provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and updated every day at 12 noon EST. This integration will allow Magento store owners to display up-to-date prices to their customers in multiple currencies. The Email Verification Web Service instantly verifies whether an email address exists or not, without having to send an email.