The Latest News On The API Economy
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The number of available web search APIs has been reduced in recent months; Google and Yahoo have shut down a number of their web search APIs. This is the first part of a two-part article covering the state of web search APIs. The second part highlights search APIs provided by Google and Microsoft.
This is part two of a two-part article covering the current state of Web search APIs. This article takes a look at the Web search tools/APIs provided by Google and Microsoft. Article includes comparison charts highlighting some of the key differences between Google and Microsoft search tools/APIs.
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.
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.
Video is an increasingly important component for websites and apps, as consumer demand for and consumption of video content is growing. Companies still pre-transcoding video or working with in-house transcoding systems may want to consider cloud-based API solutions such as Cloudinary.
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.
Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in such categories as Messaging, Frameworks, and Database-as-a-Service. One highlight is the Game of Thrones Quotes API, which can enable apps to query and display quotes from the popular TV show. Here's a summary of the newest additions.
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.
A year after YouTube introduced 360-degree video, it has added a live-streaming option. YouTube enhances immersive video experiences by supplementing 360-degree live streaming with spatial listening (a feature that mimics in-person listening by accounting for depth, intensity, and distance).
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.
In 2008 when Netflix announced plans to move to the cloud, most observers were dubious. Now Netflix has become one of the first major companies to exist completely in the public cloud and their architectural shift to cloud based microservices led to many successes in performance and scalability.
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.
In response to much feedback from the developer community, Microsoft has revamped the Bing Search APIs with a long list of new features. Not only do the new features expand the possibilities for using Bing within an app, a modern architecture should streamline integration and ease maintenance.
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.