Today in APIs: Google Calendar API Updates, and 8 new APIs

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Apr. 25 2014, 11:00AM EDT

The Google Calendar API Team has announced updates that will save developers on API quota, network bandwidth, and smart phone battery usage. Tradier lands funding to further develop its API driven platform for building financial services apps. Plus, Yodlee partners with new incubators and accelerators, and 8 new APIs.

Google Calendar API Team Announces Updates

The Google Calendar API Team has announced a series of updates that will decrease usage of API calls, network bandwidth, and phone battery. Three improvements to Events, Calendar List, and ACL and Settings collections will drive the savings. Incremental synchronization allows developers to only retrieve resources that have been modified. Before this enhancement, frequent polling was needed to find changes.

Push notifications have been expanded to include Calendar List, ACL and Settings collections. The developer subscribes to the collections of interest, and the server sends a push notification when something of interest is changed. Finally, pagination gives the developer control on the number of results retrieved. ACL and Settings collections now have pagination capabilities (Events and Calendar list already had such capacity).

Tradier Lands Funding

Tradier, financial services cloud provider, has landed $3.1 million in Series A funding. The funding will allow Tradier to expand its API-driven financial toolkit strategy. Tradier provides a single portal for which developers can access multiple trading technologies (e.g. brokerage houses, stock market data, etc.).

Tradier Chief Executive, Dan Raju, explained:

“What we do is take the entire investment engine and we expose that as a simple [API]….Tradier exposes the infrastructure so that people are able to build apps and their own APIs.”

Tradier is trying to revolutionize retail trading. Raju explained that “tons” of developers are already building apps with Tradier and eight to ten large companies have expressed interest in connecting with Tradier.

APIs You Shouldn’t Miss

8 New APIs

Today we had 8 new APIs added to our API directory including a data classification service, a u.s. military veteran resource directory, a digital content and subscription sales tool, a cloud-based customer payment service and a location based deal search tool. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AlchemyAPI TaxonomyAlchemyAPI Taxonomy API: AlchemyAPI is a text mining platform. It provides a set of semantic analysis capabilities in the natural language processing field. Customers are able to perform social media monitoring, target advertisements, track sentiment in media, automate content aggregation and recommendation, etc.

The Taxonomy API allows users to classify their content into topic categories up to five levels deep. Content can be filtered or grouped for further analysis or to track topics. Narrow classification enables users to target decisions with finer resolution.

eBenefits National Resource DirectoryeBenefits National Resource Directory API: The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides U.S. military veterans with access to information and services that help with recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. The NRD includes government resources at the national, state, and local levels, as well as resources provided by non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and others. The NRD API allows developers to retrieve information from the NRD for use in their own websites and applications.

Google Play In-app BillingGoogle Play In-app Billing API: The Google Play In-app Billing API for Android allows for online or app-based sales of digital content or digital subscriptions using Google Play and Google Wallet. Currently suppported only for apps on Google Play.

Google Wallet Instant BuyGoogle Wallet Instant Buy API: Google Wallet Instant Buy allows merchants to store and access customer payment data in the cloud. Both the Instant Buy for Android and Instant Buy for web versions offer in-app or online payments, access to Google single sign-on, and streamlines user experience by keeping data entry to a minimum. The APIs work with the merchants' current payment systems, and are available for use by end users in the U.S. who already have Google Wallet accounts.

Interested developers or merchants should contact Google at http://getinstantbuy.withgoogle.com/

Livingsocial MonocleLivingsocial Monocle API: Livingsocial is an online marketplace to buy and share things to do within your local city.

The Livingsocial Monocle API provides location based searches that are geo-based. The searches find deals centered around particular coordinates. The locations can be defined by city/market or by the physical address of the deal's merchant. City, Coordinate, Postal Code, and Auto Located are considered location based searches.

MydoorhandleMydoorhandle API: MyDoorHandle is an online location-sharing app that uses GPS technology in mobile devices to create unique location-based names, aka DoorHandles. A DoorHandle enables you to share your location across any platform or device. This allows people and businesses to find each other.

The API provides websites with the ability to create their own private DoorHandles, allowing them digitize their customers' location data, and to store addresses and locations of customers and online orders. It is a secure, cloud-based repository for this data.

Pitney Bowes Advanced AccessPitney Bowes Advanced Access API: Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions delivered on open platforms to organize, analyze and apply public and proprietary data to two-way customer communications. These solutions enable small, mid-size and large companies to connect with their customers.

The Advanced API Access allows a company's CRM solution or customer data base to communicate with the pbSmart Connections application. This provides the ability to retrieve campaign reports, create and schedule campaigns, retrieve bounces, retrieve lists of subscribers, get subscriber behavior history, add/edit/delete subscribers, and create/edit/delete lists.

ReliefWebReliefWeb API: ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is a source for timely information on global crises and disasters, enabling humanitarians to make informed decisions and plan effective assistance.

The ReliefWeb API provides developer-friendly access to content on the ReliefWeb site. ReliefWeb launched in 1996 and has been posting Reports continuously since. Also available are UN reports on major disasters from the 1980s. Data in updated is real-time.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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