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Last week, UrbanHail, a Boston startup which developed an app to provide real-time price comparisons for Uber, Lyft and taxi services, found its access to the Uber API revoked for violating Uber's terms of service. The startup claims that Uber's actions are "anti-competitive."
Cloud communications platform Twilio, which offers a suite of APIs for text messaging, VoIP and voice, has filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting the stage for the company to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
Twilio announced at the SIGNAL conference that the company has partnered with T-Mobile to launch Twilio Programmable Wireless, a new cellular communications platform for developers. Twilio Programmable Wireless features API-driven cellular connectivity, full communications stack, and self-service.
We've added ten APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Sports, Conversions, Science, and Transporation. One highlight today is the MediaBeacon API for programmatic access of digital asset management services . Here's a quick summary of the latest additions.
Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.
Emirates recently became the latest airline to join the IATA's NDC initiative with the launch of its Emirates Online B2B API. The API connects Emirates' host reservation system to partner companies for access to availability, pricing, shopping, ticketing, sale of excess baggage, visas, and more.
Microsoft has made a number of important announcements throughout the first two days of the Microsoft Build Conference including the launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework (preview), the launch of Microsoft Cognitive Services (preview), and the addition of Cortana and chatbots to Skype.
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.
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.
Cloud communications provider RingCentral has announced an invite-only beta that gives customers access to WebRTC functionality through its RingCentral WebPhone Library, a WebRTC SDK. The SDK manages WebRTC signaling and registration, and provides functions for WebRTC events.
Lyft is launching a developer program of its own in order to better compete with Uber. Lyft's first partner in this new endeavor is Facebook Messenger. Lyft hopes the program will eventually expand to see a wide number of developers add Lyft-hailing buttons to their own apps.
For developers to build their own telephony apps they need to be able to mimic the various legs of the telephony infrastructure (switching, call routing, event notifications, and more) known as flow control. The Bandwidth API allows developers to bypass building the flow control from scratch.
API tooling platform Restlet has today launched a new version of DHC by Restlet, an API testing tool that functions from within the Chrome web browser. DHC helps API developer consumers to test API requests through a visual interface and can help API providers to build a quality user experience.
Cloudinary has added responsive image breakpoints technology to its API. The functionality allows users to automatically select image size in a responsive website environment across devices with disparate screen sizes. Additionally, Cloudinary launched a web-based tool with the same functionality.
Atlassian released three features to Bitbucket in hopes to speed up development in a distributed team environment. Smart Mirroring, Git LFS, and Projects were all designed for growing development teams that quickly consume resources and aggregate data that become overwhelming for legacy systems.
Application delivery platform provider, NGINX, announced release 8 of NGINX Plus. Among the many new features with R8 comes the OAuth Technology Preview, full HTTP/2 support, an on-the-fly reconfiguration API, and improved cache for large video files. Demo apps and live webinars are planned.
Pusher has announced an enhanced "Sandbox" plan to its tiered pricing program. The original Sandbox version permitted 20 concurrent connections, and 100,000 messages per day. Now, the plan allows 100 concurrent connections and 200,000 messages per day. The move is aimed to attract new developers.
McLeod Software serves the freight and shipping industry with ERP software. Now, the company offers SMS integration for its leading product to open new channels of communication between logistic companies and drivers, speeding up internal processes to provide a faster service for its customers.
We've added 17 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Marine, Transportation, Text-to-Speech and others. Included is an API from Pole Star that allows developers to track marine vessel navigation. Here's a summary of the new additions and how they could aid developers.