Longer-term Android users will likely remember cyrket.com, a port of the Market that enabled browsing and searching applications in near real-time via a standard website.
Cyrket went down toward the end of October last year without warning or explanation, but a search indicates the site was disabled by Google, which allows direct Market access only from Android handsets.
Although other options exist for checking the market from a web browser, such as androlib.com and @appdater on Twitter (or accessing the Market via an emulator, a method involving some hackery), Cyrket was a favorite of many users because it was a more-or-less direct port of the Market that updated so quickly.
As of yesterday, Cyrket is back, albeit in a somewhat altered format that allows it to continue acquiring Market information, according to it's Creator, Jay Freeman. A short blurb on the site's front page states, "It is quite up-to-date, much more up-to-date than any similar website, but no longer quite as up-to-date as a device." In addition, Cyrket now appears to access Palm's App Catalog.
[thanks to aritafari]