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GitHub has announced the availability of two new paid plans (Personal and Organization) that include unlimited private repositories. The new plans replace existing GitHub paid plans with the exception of the GitHub Enterprise. GitHub will continue to be free for public and open source projects.
ProgrammableWeb compares Yahoo's new pricing for the Yahoo BOSS Search API with the pricing for Google Custom Search and Microsoft Bing Search.
Cisco takes on AWS cloud services by heading in the opposite direction to raise costs and add services . Appy Pie's new API will try to transform radio stations in mobile apps. Plus: a blazingly fast mobile content management system, and Wibbitz's text-to-video App is released in Spanish.
For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O'Reilly's 2nd Edition of "Mining the Social Web" is a truly outstanding resource. Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what's accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.
API management platform 3scale has released a new ebook targeting business leaders looking to understand the commercial advantage of an API business strategy.
WhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they've already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.
For snap-happy smartphone and tablet users, having somewhere to store their treasured pics is probably very appealing. Photo books have been a trendy favourite for a while now, and Printzel is an app-powered platform that allows users to create their own printed photo books directly from their mobile and tablet devices. The company also provides the Printzel API that now makes it possible for developers to offer printed books from their own applications.
Ebook Glue creates simple publishing tools that ease the process of readying content for electronic reading devices. Its flagship product, the Ebook Glue API, constitutes a straightforward tool that converts content to an ebook that its easily read on an ereader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android device, etc.). As long as the content can be sent over HTTP, Ebook Glue can convert content to an ebook.
In a similar way that SoundCloud provides a creative and social outlet for aspiring and established musicians, so Wattpad provides an exciting tool that connects talented writers with a community of keen readers. It's an application created for web and mobile, facilitating a world-wide community that shares and discovers stories in an online, social environment. Wattpad's API opens up further possibilities, providing developers with access to this functionality and allowing them to integrate it with other applications or create new ones.
Announcement from the Amazon people- yes- more price reductions. Amazon is turning into the Walmart of the cloud , with frequent price reductions. We recently announced the 50% reduction in their API Requests here.
Buyvite Group Pay Launches API That Allows Developers to Add Social Cost Splitting Functionality to E-Commerce Websites and Apps
Buyvite Group Pay, a social payment platform allowing multiple people to contribute to a single payment transaction, has announced the launch of the Private Label Group Payment API which allows social payment and cost splitting functionality to be added to e-commerce websites and applications.
Before 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.
Getting from A to B in the most cost effective way can be difficult if you're just guessing as you go. TaxiMe is an application that provides users with cost estimates for cab fares and trip information for major cities in the U.S. and Canada. This means users can plan their journeys beforehand and know exactly what the costs involved will amount to. TaxiMe's API allows access to cab contacts and rates for these different cities.
iDreamBooks, book review aggregator, deems itself the "rottentomatoes.com for books." iDreamBooks searches reviews across media outlets and compiles the data to a single, comprehensive repository of review. iDreamBooks offers developers access to the reviews through the iDreamBooks API.