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Structured web data scraping platform import.io is demonstrating its wares by creating a portfolio of APIs around the World Cup and Wimbledon.
E-HAWK, cyber intelligence provider focused on combating fraudulent sign ups, has released the Vetting API Connector. The API automates the various vetting tools E-HAWK has deployed to analyze sign ups to determine the risk of fraud. The technology analyzes risk by vetting IP address, email, phone number, location, device and more. Based on risk levels, companies utilizing E-HAWK tools can set automatic responses to fraudulent activity.
Facebook just announced its acquisition of SportStream. Although SportStream identifies itself as a "group of die-hard sports fans," the story underneath the acquisition truly represents an API story. Over the past few months, Facebook has been building its developer toolkit with an armory of new APIs and media partners have begun to flock to its new capabilities. The platform underlying SportStream, SportsBase, and its associated API will give Facebook greater visibility into sports-based conversations across the social media ecosystem.
Here is an interview with Scott Gimpel Founder and CEO of FantasyData.com. The site used to be known as NFLdata.com and provides NFL statistics. The site claims to have almost 25 million API calls /month during football season with over 300 developers working with it's API.
FantasyData.com, NFL statistical data provider, offers the FantasyData NFL API. The API gives developers access to NFL data (e.g. team stats, live scores, season information, box scores, and more). The API targets web and mobile app owners who develop apps for the fantasy football market. Many of the most popular fantasy football apps have already integrated with FantasyData's APIs.
DataCash, global payments services provider, has announced that its fraud management solution (GateKeeper 2.0) will be the first of its kind to integrate MasterCard's Lost-Stolen Account List API. The MasterCard API cross-references over 30 million lost and stolen cards globally. The integration will empower merchants with greater fraud detection capabilities and lessen the potential to reject legitimate customers.
Advances in sailing technology over many generations have contributed greatly to man’s navigation of the globe. After all, where would Cook or Columbus have landed without the compass and sextant or the work of the great cartographers that preceded them?
A national hackathon event series focused on the use of sports APIs aims to strengthen the nascent growth of sports applications and technologies. On the heels of the release of recent sports data APIs like NFLData, On Deck Cup offers developers a chance to play with a wide range of sports data APIs, not always available openly.
NFLData.com has taken some aggressive steps to position itself as a market leader in sports data with the release of the NFL Data.com API. Sports data tools – already playing a crucial part in the business side of many international sports – is set to see further demand as fans expect greater access to up-to-the-minute stats and as a new raft of fan and athlete-based startups are created around international and local competitions.
New updates to the UK Police API extend the possibility of using crime data to create innovative products and services. While many of the new mashups and services that could be created from using an extended, anonymized dataset of all crimes in the UK could have benefits for local citizens and businesses, there is also the risk that the data could be used to infringe on civil liberties.
The World Wide Web can be a charlatan's playground with the potential of accessing reams of personal details and passwords to exploit as they please. Of course, there are secure solutions in place and we can all do our bit to ensure our information remains safe, but in some cases, fraud manages to succeed. Socure is an identity fraud detection service aimed at providing organisations or website owners with the tools to help prevent fraud and ensure that their customers are who they say they are. Socure's API makes it possible to integrate this functionality into websites and applications.
The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released an API for access to National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data: NCVS API. NCVS data includes the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States compiled on an annual basis. The API constitutes one of many steps the federal government plans to make in an attempt to open access to data.
Rave Mobile Safety, a campus and public safety software solutions provider, has announced the launch of Smart911Connect, a service that connects public safety answering points (PSAPs) with approved third party sources of relevant emergency response data. The data is aggregated and delivered via a set of brand new web APIs.
This Sunday, millions of sports fans around the world will sit in front of televisions and watch the biggest professional football game of the year. Among those watching will be a select group of hackers and data crunchers in Seattle, Washington. However, instead of prepping for the big game by stocking up on salsa and beer; these hackers will participate in Sports Hack Day and be a part of "building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans."
We had a look at the Ergast Developer API , which basically covers car racing for Formula 1 enthusiasts and an interesting mashup using the Shiny statistical platform for web applications. We also had a look at the ESPN API which covers the Formula 1 sport but also the NASCAR racing.
The ProPublica Forensics API allows access to data from Propublica's investigation into the quality of autopsies across America. The API provides "state and county-level data about coroner and medical examiner systems in the United States." The RESTful API is available in JSON, XML and JSON-P formats. An astounding variety of data are available, from the ratio of autopsies to what is expected, to the number of uncertified pathologists working in a state or county system, and on and on.
You want season tickets. But how can you commit to parking your butt in a seat the entire season just by relying on a seating chart? Or what if you just want the seat for one event? You've still got the same problem: Is it the best choice available for the money? A View From My Seat API crowd sources photos from individual seat in stadiums, allowing fans the chance to look at the view they are buying.
CheckInOn.Me is a “proactive automated personal safety system” that allows developers to create customized services that provide peace of mind to users. The CheckInOn.Me API grants developers access to a system that checks in on users and waits for a custom response to verify their safety.