Today in APIs: Intel Buys Mashery, Appy Pie Ex-beta, and 7 New APIs

Greg Bates
Apr. 18 2013, 01:44PM EDT

Intel buys Mashery. Appy Pie App builder out of beta. Plus: Factual and Qualcom labs team up, Twilio and KDDI partnership evolves, and 7 new APIs.

What to do When Chips are Down: Intel Buys Mashery

In November we reported on Mashery's partnership with Intel to create the Intel Expressway API Manager. Now Intel has bought Mashery for a sum reportedly north of $180 million (ReadWrite's 2-3x estimate of last valuation of $60 million, via Techcrunch).

As Sean Ludwig at Venturebeat reports, CEO Oren Michels is dreaming of expanding what Mashery can do by teaming up:

"...some forget that Intel does more than just hardware and offers software and services to enterprises. The addition of Mashery to its lineup will help bolster that aspect of the company.

Mashery CEO and cofounder Oren Michels said he’s quite happy about joining Intel, thinking that the move makes a lot of sense for both companies. Intel and Mashery were already partners as of November, working together on secure API product management."

Alex Williams at Techcrunch spells out how the acquisition fits into the chip maker's plans,

"Intel has been showing signs that it is growing its investment in its software division. This latest move follows Project Rhino, which will optimize its own Hadoop distribution for its server chips. The move is in line with Intel’s strategy to become more of a security software provider, as symbolized most in the acquisition of McAfee Software for $7.7 billion in 2010."

Owen Thomas at Readwrite nailed Intel's motivations: "...what's more important is the notion that Intel has a product offering that speaks to innovative startups, not just struggling PC manufacturers." As the saying goes, who says elephants can't dance? In the API space, it seems like Intel's picked a good dance partner.

Appy Pie: Consumer Creation Platform out of Beta

Our own Eric Carter reported on Appy Pie last month, detailing its inclusion of SoundCloud and Beatport APIs enabling users to access their music libraries remotely. Now they're out of beta with the Appy Pie platform that allows users to create mobile apps across a broad set of categories from games to business utilities to e-book readers.

To give a sense of size, the press release notes that

"The beta testing stage has already seen over 1,000 apps submitted to Appy Pie's marketplace, leading to approximately 750 published and available apps for instant download on a variety of mobile devices. With a team of coding specialists behind the scenes of the platform, Appy Pie ensures their straightforward approach will be a developer mandate to integrate apps within their own business models."

It's easy to see why this will likely be popular: it lowers the bar on requirements for experience to create mobile apps. The business model is a combination of subscription and working with resellers. What does it mean to live in a world where, as Appy Pie puts it, "everyone can create an app"? It's long been said everyone has a novel in their head. Do they have apps as well? Looks like we're about to find out.

API News Your Shouldn't Miss

7 New APIs

Today we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory including an annual pull request sending event, a payroll and invoice management service, a mobile device description service, a highway transportation safety information service, a canadian payroll service and a url unshortening service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

24 Pull Requests24 Pull Requests API: 24 Pull Requests is an annual initiative that encourages developers around the world to send pull requests to open source projects every day of December up to Christmas. Participants can log in with their GitHub accounts, and 24 Pull Requests will then track and highlight all of the participants' pull requests and suggest projects to work on. The site's JSON API allows users to retrieve information on suggested projects, pull requests issued, and site users.

AstutePayrollAstutePayroll API: Astutepayroll.com handles the payroll and timekeeping for businesses around the world, and offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. The astutepayroll.com API can be used to integrate the astutepayroll.com application with third-party applications and data. The API’s also provide mechanisms that enable the user to customize the astutepayroll.com user interface with custom components and validations. An account is required with service, and approved partners will be provided with an API key.

Miri Device DescriptionMiri Device Description API: Miri Device Description is a mobile device description service that returns information and descriptions about mobile devices, using OpenDdr resources.

The Miri Device Description API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Miri with other applications. The main API method is returning information on the mobile device.

NHTSANHTSA API: NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is an organization under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Its mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes. NHTSA carries out this mission through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement activity.

NHTSA offers a collection of APIs that give developers programmatic access to their safety information. This includes the locations of child safety seat inspection stations, Civil Penalty Payments collected by NHTSA, complaints submitted to the NHTSA, recall information, and vehicle crash-worthiness and rollover safety data.

PaymentEvolutionPaymentEvolution API: PaymentEvolution is a secure online payroll service aimed at small and mid-sized businesses in Canada. The PaymentEvolution Payroll API supports calculations from simple federal/provincial deductions through to more complex custom benefits and earnings. Common API requests include simple deduction calculations based on current tax tables - users can input a standard set of variables to receive the calculated result, custom deductions, benefits and earnings - to extend the API to include any number of custom calculations. An account is required with service.

Unshorten.ItUnshorten.It API: Unshorten.It! is a URL unshortener that takes the uncertainty out of clicking on shortened URLs. It analyzes the website at the end of a shortened link and provides the title and description tags, a screenshot, and safety ratings provided by Web of Trust for the target website. The service will also alert users if the website is found in the HPHosts blacklist. Unshorten.It! provides a free public API that lets developers unshorten URLs in their own applications.

USASearch JobsUSASearch Jobs API: USASearch is a service provided by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). It hosts the USASearch Jobs API, which allows users to access a list of current job openings with federal, state, and local government agencies. Jobs are searchable by keyword, location, agency, schedule, or any combination thereof. The API operates via REST calls issued in JSON format.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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