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BetterWorks announced an API that connects data points from across an enterprise into a single report, dashboard, or method. The API enables companies to gather the data necessary to create and measure company goals. BetterWorks aims to "combine the power of goals and the value of people".
With the many vulnerabilities of scraping bank account data causing concerns for some large banks, Wells Fargo recently announced that it intends to create an API to enable integration with accounting software Xero to give small businesses better visibility of their banking data.
Snapchat, which recently surpassed Twitter in daily usage, has unveiled an API that allows advertisers to purchase Snapchat ads programmatically and at scale. Part of a broader launch of new ad offerings, Snapchat's Ads API could help the company grow its ad revenue and pave the way for an IPO.
Open Banking is aiming to give consumers access to real-time banking data through the use of APIs. The successful implementation of this type of system will change the way people save, borrow, spend and invest their money, as well as encourage healthy competition in the financial services industry.
After originally launching v4 of the Facebook SDK in 2015, Facebook has now announced the end of support date for v3. Starting June 1, 2017, Facebook will no longer support v3. Older versions will continue to operate; however, developers will lose support and access to new features.
Facebook has launched a new Continuous Live Video API that enables developers to broadcast long and persistent streaming video to the world's largest social network. Previously, Facebook Live streams were limited to 90 minutes, but thanks to the new API, third parties can broadcast longer events.
Twitter has announced major changes that will alter the way the company calculates 140 characters. Certain attachments, URLs, and handles will no longer count towards the character limit. Changes will allow users to use more words, and developers must prepare for the upcoming changes.
Now that YouTube's Reporting API has been live for roughly half a year, YouTube has started adding new features. The latest new feature is historical data. Historical Data provides a 180 day lookback from a particular job's schedule date. Historical data is available beginning July 1, 2015.
Facebook has rewarded a 10 year-old boy from Finland with a $10,000 bounty for discovering an authentication-related vulnerability in the Instagram API that could have enabled a hacker to delete comments of any user on the popular social photo sharing service even without an Instagram account.
Last year Dropbox announced a preview of the new Dropbox API v2. The new version simplified the Dropbox developer experience. In hopes to move toward a more simplified platform, Dropbox also announced deprecation of its Sync and Datastore APIs.
Facebook announced v2.6 of the Graph API. The version updates a number of Facebook services including Messenger, Facebook Live, Reactions, Video, Rights Manager, Facebook Ads, and Sharing across devices. As the backbone of Facebook's developer platform, Graph API updates draw much attention.
Facebook today unveiled a range of new tools for developers at its F8 developer conference. The Live Video API promises to bring video streaming to more cameras around the world, while the Account SDK shoots for easier app logins, and 'Agents' aims to bring bots to Messenger.
Social learning platform A Cloud Guru helps cloud professionals learn and prepare for AWS certification exams. The platform grew to 40,000 users within 6 months, and its founders attribute that growth to their serverless approach that has influenced the mindset of the entire company.
Swipebuster is using the private Tinder API to obtain Tinder user data. Swipebuster can find out if a specific person is using Tinder and can provide the most recent date that person used the Tinder app. Other companies that have had private APIs reverse engineered include Uber, SnapChat, and Tesla.
Eight APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Open Data, Natural Language Processing, and Copyrights. Featured today is an API that provides data for rocket launches to space from Earth. Here's a rundown of the new additions for API enthusiasts.
Twitter has added alt text support to Twitter Cards and the Twitter REST API. Alt text is an important piece of metadata for those who are visually impaired as screen readers and browsers use alt text to explain to visually impaired users the content of each image on a web page.
Twitter launched Twitter Kit in 2014: a set of tools app owners use to integrate Twitter data and functionality. Since then, Twitter Kit adoption soared and Twitter increased its functionality. The v2.0 release constitutes the first major revision and a platform for expanded functionality and use.
GitHub has added several new features to the platform to help make code reviews even faster and more flexible for developers and development teams. The new code review features include pull request files list, commits list, comments with deeper context, and timeline indicator.
Twitter has cut Emojitracker's access to its Streaming API, causing its creator, Matthew Rothenberg, to announce that he will shut the service down in April. Emojitracker provides a real-time visualization of emoji symbol usage on Twitter and has tracked some 14 billion emoji tweets.
The Run in Postman Button is now live for over 10 public APIs including Apigee, Best Buy, GoSquared, and Transport for London (TfL). The Run in Postman Button allows API publishers to provide one-click testing of their public APIs by adding an embed code in their API documentation.