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Despite a barrage of headlines that could kill most companies, Facebook operates with near absolute impunity. To dissatisfied users who want out, it brazenly dangles an offer to take all their data before quitting so it can be uploaded to another service. We tested the veracity of that offer.
Before Facebook users consider an alternative social network, two things must be easily moved to that alternative; their friends and their data. Facebook's website advertises it will give you your data so it can be uploaded to another service. ProgrammableWeb puts that bold claim to the test.
As government regulators and consumers grapple with the extraordinary control and commercialization that Facebook exerts over personal data, and the extent to which Facebook has abused that privilege, a bigger question looms; what hope exists, if any for the emergence of a legitimate alternative?
GIPHY, the provider of a database and search engine for animated GIFs, has announced a new SDK that provides third-parties access to GIFs, stickers, and additional new content like GIPHY Emoji and Text. With this release, the company hopes to accelerate integration for third-party app developers.
Agora.io, a provider of voice, video, and live interactive streaming solutions, announced the release of the Agora Video Chat SDK for Unity. This new SDK will allow game developers to embed video chat directly into their games. With this release, Agora.io is now a Unity Verified Solutions partner.
In the most recent Postman release, GraphQL is now supported. This feature has long been requested by Postman users. Postman indicated that GraphQL is the second most requested feature on its GitHub repository. Now, GraphQL is supported in multiple capacities in the early 7.2 Canary channel release.
Less than a month after Twitter introduced Twitter Developer Labs, a program where developers can test and provide feedback on new API features, Twitter has made its first two preview endpoints available under the program. The first two endpoints are GET/users and GET/tweets.
Akamai has announced the release of Akamai Edge Cloud and an accompanying IoT Edge Connect service. With the announcement of these new tools the company is hoping to “streamline and secure the delivery of data to connected devices and in-application messaging at scale.”
Angular recently introduced the Architect API as a new feature of Angular CLI version 8. The Architect API provides tools that help schedule and coordinate tasks. The API uses functions that the company calls "builders", which are responsible for the implementation of the tasks.
Google recently introduced Kubernetes Operators which helps admins better author, release and manage applications built on top of Kubernetes. Built specifically with Kubernetes knowledge baked in, Operators work with apps built on top of Kubernetes and managed through the Kubernetes API.
Postman now allows developers to create APIs from directly within the app. Prior to the latest release, 7.1, Postman was an API development tool that allowed certain features to be created within the app, but others outside the app. Now, the entire lifecycle of an API is managed within the app.
Dwolla has long used a ledger based organization system to track funds allocated through the Dwolla API. Now, Dwolla is exposing this functionality through a new API feature it calls Labels. Labels allow developers to track and identify fund allocation without duplicating accounts.
In an apparent effort to improve its developer relations, Twitter has announced its plans to build what it calls "the next generation of the Twitter API." The first step: a new program called Twitter Developer Labs, which will allow developers to test and provide feedback on new API features.
This week at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company announced several updates, including changes to the Graph API, a new version of the Marketing API, and a new Facebook Developer Community Forum. Additionally, the company announced a new SDK to enable account verification via WhatsApp.
As Progressive Web Apps gained traction a few years ago, Microsoft released an open source tool called the PWABuilder. The tool was designed to help developers transform standard web apps into Progressive Web Apps. Microsoft recently released PWAbuilder 2.0 with new features and a redesign.
Snap Inc., developers of the popular mobile application Snapchat, recently announced the release of the Bitmoji for Games SDK. This new SDK will allow partners to easily incorporate Bitmoji animated characters directly into their games.
Google released an open source tool to ease problems associated with configuring client libraries and provisioning OAuth2 credentials. The Google Ads API Doctor is now available as version one. The first version specifically addresses the common invalid refresh token and permission denied errors.
Twitter today said it plans to adjust access to two of its APIs beginning later this year. The rate limits, which will impact the User Timeline API and Mentions Timeline API, are meant to give Twitter better visibility into how its APIs are being used by developers to support other businesses.
Many of us have a love/hate relationship with appointment reminders. Maybe the least annoying notification is a text message, and it's also the easiest. The Twilio REST API lets you create intelligent reminders, and you can also benefit from simple integration with your CRM and reservation systems.
Twitter has been working to protect their platform from spam and abuse by imposing additional restrictions on new developers. Twitter seems ready to double down on these efforts, as the company today announced that it will soon adjust the rate limits for two Twitter API endpoints.