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This week Facebook expanded their bug bounty program to now accept reports about vulnerabilities in third-party apps and services that connect to Facebook user accounts in addition to reports related to its own products. This is the social giant's latest nod towards protecting its users' data.
With no prior warning, Twitter has changed how apps can access images sent through Twitter's Direct Message API. Twitter was unable to give prior notice for security purposes, but the changes are in effect. Twitter encourages developers who access images through the API to check their integration.
On August 16, Twitter shuttered two legacy APIs that it had announced would be removed earlier this years. Developers of a number of popular third-party Twitter clients warned that the shutdown of the User Streams and Site Streams APIs would negatively affect users of their apps.
Although Twitter delayed the deprecation of its Streaming API a few times, the time has finally come. Next week, Twitter will deprecate Site Streams, User Streams, and legacy Direct Message endpoints. This move leaves Twitter clients like Twitterrific and Tweetbot with gaps in their functionality.
Facebook has updated an API used by third-party applications to that allowed for cross-posting. The change breaks this functionality and one of the biggest impacts was felt by Twitter. Twitter users will no longer be able to create a Tweet and share it easily to their Facebook page.
In an effort to protect its platform from spam and abuse, Twitter today unveiled a number of changes to the way developers will request and obtain access to Twitter's APIs. First, Twitter is requiring that all requests for access to the APIs go through a new developer account application process.
Twitter has been planning to end certain legacy, live APIs for quite some time. After delaying the move a couple of times, Twitter appears to be officially ending some live and streaming APIs next month. This leaves certain apps, like Twitterrific, with no capacity to continue offering key features.
Security researchers have discovered a secret API in Microsoft Office 365 that gives investigators access to detailed information about activities that take place within Office 365. It makes available information about attachment, read and search activities, along with a variety of metadata.
While the furor around Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have died down, the world's largest social network continues to make changes to its APIs "to better protect people’s information". Today, it announced that a number of its APIs will only be accessible to apps that have been reviewed.
Snapchat launched its developer platform. Named Snap Kit, Snapchat has finally reached out to the developer community with a series of API-based tools that allow developers to integrate Snapchat features within third party apps. Creative Kit, Login Kit, Bitmoji Kit, and Story Kit make up Snap Kit.
Help Scout, a help desk platform provider, has announced the launch of version 2 of its Mailbox API. The Help Scout Mailbox API 2.0 implements OAuth2 for more user-friendly authentication with the services Help Scout customers are integrated with and contains a number of improvements.
Rebel is known for its interactive emails. But, developers had asked for Rebel to launch an API that allowed them to build emails with JSON (same process as Rebel Actionable API) without the need for interactive functionality. In response, Rebel has launched the Rebel Lite API.
According to a report published by TechCrunch, Snapchat is secretly planning to launch a developer platform, its first ever. Dubbed Snapkit, prototypes of the platform suggest it will give developers access to Snap's camera software so that they can integrate it into their applications.
Facebook has published a page for Facebook Platform developers that answers frequenty asked questions (FAQs) about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR went into effect on May 25 and requires companies in the EU and around the world to comply with stronger data protection rules.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including VoIP, Background, and Home Automation. Featured today is an API for searching for specific phrases within podcasts, an API for credit score verification, and one for integrating with branded email signatures.
Amazon this week announced that it has added support for S3 Select in the AWS SDK for Ruby. Amazon S3 Select allows developers to retrieve subsets of data from objects stored in S3 using simple SQL expressions. The AWS SDK for Ruby now allows developers to use the S3 #select_object_content API.
Twitter has announced that it is delaying the shutdown of legacy APIs as its new Account Activity API is now generally available to all developers. The legacy APIs, namely the Site Streams and User Streams APIs, as well as Direct Message endpoints, were slated to be turned off on June 19.
Favstar, a service that helps users "find great tweets and interesting people to follow", has announced that it will be shutting down next month because of changes Twitter is making to its APIs. Favstar's creator, Tim Haines, was left with no choice but to shut his service down due to API changes.
Dropbox recently released v2 of its Team Events API. The Team Events API is part of Dropbox Business and allows users to track activity within Dropbox. The API has been completely rewritten from v1, and includes over 300 events that users can access through the activity log.
One of the more interesting views given by the directory is a look at what sectors are seeing the most growth in APIs. The directory data model allows for one primary category as well as multiple secondary categories and in this article we take a look at which categories are most represented.