The Latest News On The API Economy
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Google has introduced a Web Share API developers can use to enable sharing capabilities on sites. The API allows users to control how and where data is shared by enabling websites to call on the host platform’s native sharing capabilities. The API can only be used on websites with a secure origin.
Facebook launched v2.8 of its Graph API. Highlights include Custom Open Graph and the Marketing API updates. Facebook will deliver more Common Open Graph action types to relieve developers from having to create custom graph actions and objects. Marketing API updates give advertisers more control.
As messaging apps scramble to out-feature the competition, Telegram has launched a gaming platform within its Bot API. Most messaging apps have now included bot capabilities within their apps, but Telegram has upped its game with the ability to build games within the messaging app.
Yelp continued its barrage of developer news today. The company's latest announcements include a completely redone developer program and the Yelp Fusion API that will replace Yelp's existing API over time. New API features include more pictures, content caching, autocomplete and more.
Screen Scraper Mitigation and Dogfooding Included in Riot Games' Textbook API Justifications API University
Riot Games senior software engineer Leigh Estes has published a three part series regarding the company's ongoing digital transformation to a microservices-driven software infrastructure. The company's journey involves some of the most textbook business and technical justifications for doing APIs.
CrowdRiff has announced API access to its Visual Influence platform. API access to CrowdRiff features allow users to deliver user-generated photos and associated features to marketing products and campaigns. Features include social media search, calls to action, photo acquisition, and more.
An independent developer has created a medal count API for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games: MedalBot. MedalBot uses import.io to scrape web sources for updated medal counts. MedalBot aggregates the data to offer gold, silver, bronze, and total medal counts by country. The API is free to use.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Games, Location, and Security. One hightlight today is an API that provides player and game stats for the popular soccer battling car game, Rocket League. Here's a summary of the new additions.
Dashlane and Google want to simplify security and authentication on Android devices and have an API to do it. App developers can use the new Open YOLO API to access the credentials stored in password managers to log users into apps and services. The idea here is to improve security.
Pokémon Go has become a runaway hit and many developers are showing their enthusiasm for the game by reverse engineering the private, internal Pokémon Go API and creating unofficial third-party apps. The current situation of the Pokémon Go API exemplifies mobile API security concerns.
Twilio has launched the Message Feedback API which monitors when end users receive messages. The API tracks actions that indicate when a message was received and reports the action back to Twilio. In turn, Twilio can tweak its services and delivery to adjust for network variances across the globe.
As Pokemon Go continues is rise in popularity, many developers have reverse engineered the game to publish unauthorized APIs. Niantic has now issued a cease and desist letter to a popular Pokemon Go API developer in an attempt to quash the unauthorized practice. Will threatened legal action work?
With Pokémon GO seemingly taking over the world as players walk around in search of the virtual creatures, one developer used the Watson Visual Recognition API to analyse screen shots of the app to locate nearby Pokémon, winning Best Use of Watson challenge at the AT&T Shape Tech Expo Hackathon.
After continued requests for access to more Yelp data, and additional API functionality, Yelp has launched a developer preview of a brand new API. The Yelp API was rebuilt from the ground up. Yelp envisions the new features, data, and architecture will simplify the developer experience.
Facebook this week introduced two major sets of developer tools for interacting with its various services. The company released a new software development kit for Apple's Swift programming language, and added lots of new features to its Graph API 2.7. Both toolsets are available in preview form.
Nintendo, once a name synonymous with video game innovation and dominance, is back in the spotlight thanks to Pokémon Go. Now, it has merged its developer programs into a single portal, suggesting that the company could be looking to include independent game developers in its comeback plans.
Gnip's Audience API promises to let brands and marketers glean real-time, in-the-moment data about audiences that convalesce around topics, events, or other users. The idea is to give companies as much information as possible about those with whom they might want to engage.
Seventeen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Financial, Art, and Authentication. One highlight is the ReviewTrust API, which enables developers to add confirmation of valid reviews and ratings about products for their users. Here's a look at what's new.
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.
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.