Today in APIs: YouTube Disables Public Video Tags, Lokad Offers Freemium Pricing Structure and 25 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, Managing Editor, ProgrammableWeb
Aug. 29 2012, 02:27PM EDT

YouTube is making changes to its API that reflects its new video tagging policy. Lokad released a new pricing structure that follows a Freemium model. Plus: Fitness and the Facebook Open Graph, Diffbot Developer Newsletter is written in JSON and 25 new APIs.

YouTube Disables Public Video Tags in Their API

YouTubeRecently YouTube disabled video tags (also known as keywords) from being displayed to viewers. In an announcement made yesterday, YouTube told developers that they are modifying the YouTube API to make the corresponding changes. No longer will API responses include the keyword element; there is one exception:

“The exception to this rule is when you make authenticated requests to the API, and you request a video entry that’s owned by the currently authorized user. In that scenario, you will get back a <media:keywords> element that contains the full list of tags for the video, and you can read, update, or remove those video tags using the standard API operations.”

Newmediarockstars.com went in to more detail about the potential pros and cons of this decision and how it may affect YouTube.

The Lokad Sales Forecasting API Goes Freemium

LokadThe Lokad Sales Forecasting API has updated it’s pricing structure to allow for a free “Express” plan. This plan has three main limitations:

  • Only the Top 10,000 items (top sellers) get included in your Excel report.
  • Native database export is not supported.
  • No support from the Lokad team.

If those three limitations are problematic Lokad offers “Enterprise” and “Partner” level subscriptions.

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25 New APIs

Today we had 25 new APIs added to our API directory including an ecommerce pricing intelligence platform, an online survey service, a cloud hosting and storage information service, an IT and web development solutions , a marketing delivery and assessment platform , a user analytics for mobile gaming and a northern european online payment service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

BlackLocusBlackLocus API: BlackLocus is a business intelligence platform. It assesses retail competitors’ item pricing. This allows ecommerce retailers to price their inventory strategically and efficiently. BlackLocus includes features for assessing who the competition is, what they are charging, and what smart price adjustments are. The software will also turn out alerts and reports. BlackLocus offers an API that exposes the data exporting functionality.

Clearvoice SurveysClearvoice Surveys API: The service allows researchers to commission surveys which users complete to earn rewards in varying amounts. It emails survey invitations to registered users with links to online questionnaires specified by researchers. Completion rewards may be paid to users by the provider or directly by researchers.

API methods support management of user accounts, with create, update, and delete functions, along with demographic data and other profile information for use in matching users to surveys. Methods also allow listing of available surveys and generation of user emails with questionnaire links. The API also provides for specification and payment of completion rewards.

Cloudcommons InsightCloudcommons Insight API: The service provides information and resources to support selection among and adoption of cloud storage and application hosting platforms. It maintains a listing of vendors and their service offerings, grouped and weighted according to its own system of categories and service ratings (SMI scores). Information is provided to aid comparison among providers and product packages.

API methods support access to listings of services and vendors offering them. Methods also support access to the category taxonomy, including weightings applied to individual listings along with calculated natural and weighted SMI scores rating the service listings.

cXensecXense API: cXense is a context computing solutions provider. This means that offer tools for businesses to meet web service users at the level of their expectations and needs. The products include software for advertising, analytics, recommendation, and search solutions. Their product for enterprise search engines comes with an API. The search engine is cloud-hosted and can be integrated via the API. The API is REST-based and allows developers to create their own front-ends.

DatalotDatalot API: Datalot provides a marketing platform. It is based on customer acquisition services and data enhancement. Businesses can have relevant and quality customers channeled to their sites from Datalot’s other interaction points. At that point, businesses can automate and/or manage customer calls live through the cloud. Datalot also provides lead management and validation features. The Datalot API allows developers to integrate the live and self-service sales calls.

Diablo 3Diablo 3 API: Diablo 3 is an action and role-playing video game. The Diablo 3 API provides programmatic access to much of the data created while playing the game. Developers can access character profiles, career details, item information, artisan information and follower information. Among the details made available are lists of completed quests, character attributes such as stretch and dexterity, as well as kills separated by monster type.

The RESTful API returns JSON.

GeosophicGeosophic API: Geosophic is a user engagement solutions provider for mobile games. Their gaming platform allows developers to take in user behavior data and turn it into user profiles. Developers can use this information to segment players and invite marketers with targeted ad campaigns. Geosophic also includes user engagement features such as leaderboards. The Geosophic API exposes the platforms essential information gathering and integration functionalities. It is a RESTful API that return JSON-formatted data.

Gothia PayByBillGothia PayByBill API: The service provides online payment processing optimized for markets in Germany, Sweden and Norway, and Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands. It offers market-specific functions for invoice creation, payment processing and financing including partial payments, and customized account profiles. Customer-specific financing and delivery options are available.

API methods support transaction checkout and purchaser account checks, with generation and submission of an invoice for payment. Methods process the resulting financing request and return acceptance status. Upon completion of order invoicing and payment financing, methods handle delivery options specific to the purchaser's local market and final settlement.

ikiMapikiMap API: IkiMap is a web service that allows users to create, organize, classify and ultimately share personal and public georeference information over the the web. The ikiMap is a set of several maps that visualize all the information at one time, basically representing multiple maps into a more graphical single map. The ikiMap API allows developers to integrate ikiMap maps, channels, user services and search services into their application. The API can be accessed through REST web service applications and responses can be formatted in JSON or XML.

InterfaceLIFT WallpapersInterfaceLIFT Wallpapers API: The InterfaceLIFT API offers downloadable high-resolution wallpapers for Iphone, Droid, computer screens, tablets and etc. Functionality includes calling about the camera used to take a certain wallpaper picture, lens types that fit a certain camera and overall information about a user or wallpaper. Users are required to sign up with the site for authentication and pay a small fee for accessing the API information from a managed site.

LiveIntentLiveIntent API: LiveIntent is an email marketing platform. It offers a network for programmatic display advertising. Publishers can use it to sell advertising space in their newsletters, and advertisers may use it to deliver relevant ads in relevant newsletters. The LiveIntent API exposes the platform’s reporting functionality. This allows developers and businesses to see insightful data about their advertisements and partners.

Map Data ServicesMap Data Services API: The service provides route definition between stated starting and destination points, all as part of a general map rendering function. Map rendering options include specifying locations to place pins and discover local information, along with definitions of polygons marking of specific areas within a map.

API methods support route definition based on a starting and destination point, with options for an itinerary of up to 20 interim points and avoidance of specified obstacles. Map rendering methods support designation of location points to place markers and discover information related to the location.

MarketpathMarketpath API: Marketpath is a website solutions provider. Their product includes feature for CMS, web design, and strategy. With their CMS features, users get blogging, ecommerce storefronts, and site-building tools. Their web design services include development resources such as SEO and site development. Marketpath also offer developers an API. The API exposes the software-as-a-service functionality of the CMS system and can be used for development or integration.

MaxMind MinFraudMaxMind MinFraud API: The service provides evaluation of pending e-commerce transactions for fraud, including use of a proxy to access a payment application, with rating of the risk level posed based on the purchaser's IP address, email, and other detected characteristics. In addition to proxy detection, the service maintains a reputation database indicating the frequency of reported fraud using an IP, email, or proxy server. Applications can use this risk assessment to sequester questionable transactions for review and specific approval.

API methods support posting of transaction details, including products purchased, purchaser name, email, IP address, and credit card information. Methods then assess the risk level and provide information about proxy access detected, bank checks for the purchaser's information, address and phone number validity checks, and related detail.

Meteor SolutionsMeteor Solutions API: Meteor Solutions is an online advertising delivery platform. Clients can use to increase social engagement or monetize their audience. Features for advertisers include power user engagement deals, analytics, and more. Publishers can use their popularity to open revenue optimizing space for advertisers. Clients can also use Meteor’s Tag & Trace engine to track their content across social media platforms. The Meteor Solutions API exposes reporting functionality. It retrieves data about clients’ campaigns. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON and JSONP-encoded data.

Millistream Market DataMillistream Market Data API: The service provides data for transaction and price quotes from major financial and securities markets with emphasis on serving customers in Nordic markets, especially Scandinavia and northern Europe. It aggregates information from a wide range of securities exchanges worldwide, including NYSE and NASDAQ in the United States, European regional markets, and national markets across Europe. The data is streamed through a number of distribution channels, including an API.

API methods support retrieval of security price quotes in real-time or delayed, with end-of-day summaries of open, close, highest, and lowest price plus transaction volume. Methods also provide access to background information about security issuers, news about actions taken by companies, and historical data for reference needs.

PageLeverPageLever API: PageLever provides user analytics solutions. It is specifically designed for reading users’ engagement with clients’ Facebook pages. To do so, it provides a suite of integrated features. The features include page alerts, post tagging, custom reporting, and a dashboard for viewing information over time. PageLever provides an API upon request for partnership. Interested developers should contact api@pagelever.com.

RekognitionRekognition API: The Rekognition API provides facial and scene image recognition optimized for social photo applications. Utilizing the eyes, mouth, face and nose along with mood recognition and sex dependent characteristics the Rekognition API can predict sex, age and emotion. The API is RESTful with JSON formatting and can also be used with clients such as Python, Obj-C, Ruby, Java and PHP.

SatisfeoSatisfeo API: The service provides for online customer satisfaction surveys to collect responses from an application's users soon after they interact with its functions. It communicates with recent customers by SMS text message, email, or voice calls, then stores and tabulates responses. Survey owners can access results via aggregated reports or by immediate reporting, allowing swift intervention to correct problems and improve customer service.

API methods support creating a customer satisfaction survey to be distributed by SMS text message, email, voice phone call, or combinations of these channels. Methods allow specification of options for reporting of responses and contact information to receive the reports.

SlashDBSlashDB API: SlashDB automatically creates a RESTful API from relational databases. Databases then come available for mobile, enterprise and web applications in convenient formats like JSON, XML and CSV. Slash DB also handles encryption, authorization and authentication so the data being accessed remains secure.

SlashDB related records are hyper-linked, which allows for a seamless search engine indexing of data and effectively constructs a NoSQL and graph facades over the traditional SQL databases. All information is represented in resource oriented architecture allowing developers to integrate data seamlessly.

Swiss Post BarcodeSwiss Post Barcode API: The service generates barcoded shipping labels for parcels and other mailings within Switzerland's postal service, Swiss Post. It allows local printing of a label optimized for the provider's delivery systems, including integrated barcode and optional recipient address. Properly labeled packages, including Express shipments, can then go directly into the delivery system.

API methods support generation of properly formatted labels for domestic mailing, Express and Courier shipments, international packages, and more specialized services. Methods allow shipment of letters with barcodes for financial documents and other high-value shipments to expedite processing and allow data collection en route for delivery tracking and notification.

Tapit!Tapit! API: Tapit! is a mobile advertising platform. It offers solutions and features for advertisers as well as publisher-developers. For advertisers, Tapit! offers a suite of scalable strategic and delivery options. For publishers and developers, Tapit! provides a network of advertisers and a streamlined delivery ad delivery solution. The Tapit! API exposes the reporting functionality. It returns analytical information about advertiser and publisher statistics. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-encoded data.

Texas HistoryTexas History API: The Portal To Texas History, provided by the University of North Texas, is an online database of historical documents and items. The collection is comprised of over 2.8 million files and over 215,290 unique items. The Ferris Wheel API allows users to connect to the Texas history portal using the REST protocol. The service allows users to harvest metadata from the open archives. Users can make calls that get information about the repository, lists of metadata, list sets, retrieve any identified lists, and complete many other functions.

TexteoTexteo API: The service provides outbound and inbound SMS text messaging for integration with customer service applications and others requiring rapid basic communications. It generates messages in response to specific application events with ability to specify recipient and message, timing and frequency of messages, data formatting with variations for international markets, and related parameters.

API methods support designation of content of SMS text messages to be generated with links to application events that trigger those events. Methods enable designation of message recipient and data formatting to meet needs of the market where it will be delivered as well as the timing of messaging, including ability to schedule messages for later delivery. Methods also allow specification of response handling, including routing of incoming texts and overall reporting guidelines.
Specification of response handling

WorkMarketWorkMarket API: WorkMarket is a labor resource platform that can be used to find professionals, get assignments, or both. The service enables companies to engage, find, verify, pay, manage, and rate the employees that work for them. The WorkMarket API allows integration with outside platforms and messaging services and also enables large data transfers. For full documentation contact the WorkForce sales team.

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