August 10, 2012
Twitter has gone OAuth-only and it is judgement day for the scores of Twitter apps still using basic authentication. Developers have had a few months to switch across to the new OAuth protocol (and the deadline was extended again to accommodate the World Cup), but it seems like quite a few never made the switch, or still have users running older versions of their software. A quick Twitter search reveals some frustration.
Telefonica, one of the largest telcos in Europe, announced Telenor (Norwegian-based carrier) as its first carrier partner for the BlueVia API platform. The first BlueVia API available to developers is billing services. In-app billing services remove the need for marketplaces like the Apple's app store or iTunes for mobile app purchases. Instead, consumers' purchases are added to their phone bills.
Claiming.com.au is set to launch an Australian Medicare API that should drastically improve eClaiming processes for developers working with the state funded and run healthcare system. Although Medicare has served as the primary healthcare system in Australia for almost 30 years, the system has run into major bottlenecks as its technological infrastructure has not always kept up with demand. The API allows software vendors to integrate online claiming with Medicare and the Department of Veteran's Affairs.