Hacker News has made it's data available for programmatic access in near real time for iOS & Android and web-enabled devices that implement Firebase. Using the server API, calls can be made to retrieve news, updates, comments, jobs, polls, and more, all by using unique identifiers. HTTP calls will return JSON-formatted responses that include actual text from articles, titles, as well as associated metadata and URL links. Though Hacker News plans to unveil an OAuth API in the future to access user data, currently the API is free for public consumption.
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This is an unofficial Ruby gem meant to wrap the Hacker News API for integration with Ruby applications. Development of this Ruby gem is still in progress and it is accepting community support. Hacker News is the official news ticker for Y Combinator. It's data may be publicly retrieved using it's API in near real time.