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Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered for free through the end of 2016.
Thousands of researchers, entrepreneurs, and executives need to tap into Web data to deliver insights. Access to structured Web data tends to be limited at best, and heavily gated by billion dollar corporations. Consuming crawled web data with an API usually makes more sense for businesses.
TomTom has added another API to its mapping and navigation solutions portfolio: Traffic Stats API. Traffic Stats collects data from over 450 million connected devices in order to provide historical traffic data. The data collected includes speed, route, travel time, segment, and more.
The Gnip Audience API now features Twitter aggregate user age information. The Gnip Audience API includes nearly one dozen demographic models including gender, interests, TV genre, TV show, language, etc. User age is the newest addition to the set of Gnip Audience API demographic models.
PipelineDB recently announced Stride, a realtime analytics API. API access to powerful analytics engines delivers the potential for computers to replace the role of the data scientist. PipelineDB President, Jeff Ferguson, believes Machines Analytics may turn this potential into reality.
If you think you can get Amazon's Alexa to naturally carry-on a 20 minute conversation with a human, then $500K in prize money could be awaiting you and the team of developers that help you to develop such a socialbot using the Alexa Skills Kit. The winners will be identified in late 2017.
Tableau extended its data intelligence abilities to third party apps and services via a suite of APIs. The APIs are delivered to the developer community through Tableau 10, the company's latest platform release. From embedded analytics to web data connectors, Tableau delivers data insights to all.
Google is opening up Maps to new ride-sharing partners, meaning the search giant just effectively created the first ride-hailing price comparison feature. The surprise here is that Uber, previously the only ride-sharing partner on Google Maps, allowed this.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
Yelp spent two years developing a bug-bounty program with Hackerone, which led to over 100 resolved reports. Now, Yelp is taking the program to the broader public to engage a wider set of security researchers. The program offers bounties starting at $100 and can pay up to $15,000.
Bluetooth beacons offer a range of uses for sending radio signals over the air to connected smartphone applications. In this tutorial, developer Kuba Gretzky explains how he bypassed the beacons in restaurants to collect authorisation keys and earn himself free beer on a points-based app.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Payments, Nutrition, Health, and Weather. One highlight today is the Skywise Insight API, which provides industry specific weather forecasts and climate data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Pokémon GO has been hugely popular and generated millions of sessions around the world as people search for the digital creatures. But, it turns out that a fair chunk of recent API traffic has been coming from gaming bots that are making spatial queries to the API from outside of the game client.
In 2015, the NFL started collecting a massive amount of data from players on the field leveraging wearable technology. Given how often and quickly players move around on the field, the data piled up quickly and the NFL was left with a veritable treasure trove of data they called Next Gen Stats
Apple has announced that the company plans on launching its first-ever bug bounty program in September. The program will initially be invite only and the company will pay up to $200,000 USD to researchers who discover and report iOS and iCloud bugs and security vulnerabilities.
In Microsoft's journey to make Office an open developer platform, the company has taken the next step by making the Excel REST API generally available. Now developers can integrate the business productivity tool with third party services like accounting software, emails, surveys, etc.
Visa has opened the submission process for the next edition of The Everywhere Initiative. The next phase is open to startups in Australia and New Zealand that will respond to one of three challenges that use Visa APIs to improve commerce experiences. Visa will accept responses through August 26th.
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?