July 28, 2011
RecordedFuture, at first glance, is scary. It’s one of those projects that brings the saying “with great power comes great responsibility” to mind. The company has developed a platform for providing momentum and sentiment ratings around two conceptual abstractions: events & entities. Its system is continually scanning “thousands of high-quality new publications, blogs, public niche sources, trade publications, government web sites, financial database, and more,” then making that available via the Recorded Future News Analytics API. This type of news aggregation and processing is a level of awareness that no single human could otherwise obtain. From a theoretical perspective, having a tool such as this at one’s disposal would create a huge information advantage. Could this be called an information weapon?
How many companies that sprouted in 1724 can boast of an API launch in 2012? Pearson, now in its 288th year, has announced its 7th API. Pearson, continually finding value in the API method of market strategy, expanded its resources available via API with the dkimages API. The latest in Pearson's API lineup consists of "an encyclopaedic collection of 90,000 high-resolution images, ready to [integrate, and range from] classic whilte background shots to in-situ images." The API allows developers to integrate the collection with existing apps through purchasing, listing, viewing, or searching for images.