In general, the world is evolving and leading developers are opening up to small time developers big time in the mist of recession. The web and applications are becoming more open source every day.
On February 5, MySpace will open its system to developers so that they can begin building applications (similar to Facebook applications). MySpace intends to offer advertisement-revenue sharing to developers while avoiding the feed/request pollution that Facebook has. If you want to write apps for MySpace, you can pre-register on their developer site now.
Valve reveals Steamworks for Developers. Steamworks will provide game services, development tools, and retail backend services for free. Steamworks can be used whether a game is distributed digitally via Steam or in traditional retail stores. This will open up revenue share for amatuer developers wishing to distribute their games and applications via the Steam network.