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Here Technologies has announced a beta of its new location data management cloud service: Here XYZ. XYZ is an open, community driven project that allows contributors to upload, manage, and display location data in a simple, and scalable manner. The service includes APIs and SDKs.
Google announced yesterday that it is shutting down the consumer version of Google+. The news came alongside the reveal of an API vulnerability discovered earlier this year. The company will provide 10 months for users to download their content.
Seven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Images, Messaging, and Analytics. Featured APIs today include the Sakari API for bulk messaging, the Companies House for UK company data, and the StickerPop API for app stickers. Here's a look at what is new.
A few weeks ago, Twitter reported a bug related to its Account Activity API. Twitter has since investigated the matter with potentially affected partners and taken remediation efforts. Now, Twitter has reported the exact requirements for the bug to have potentially affected partners.
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.
Here Mobility has launched its HERE Mobility SDK. The SDK aims to democratize the mobile ecosystem by offering developers access to mobility services and map & location services. The SDK was originally beta tested by a select group and then tested through various hackathons.
Just a few months after Google entirely restructured its pricing scheme for Google Maps, TomTom has announced that maps and traffic tiles will be freely available on its Android and iOS SDKs. While the free option is new, there is a cap to features and transactions permissible without charge.
How one company analyzed the cost of its integral use of the Google Map's Platform. Poland's GdziePoLek.pl incurred a huge monthly charge for the mapping data it relied on to locate the best sites for purchasing medications — it's primary value-added service provided to its customers.
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.
The Bing Maps Time Zone API is now generally available. The API is a set of REST APIs designed to cover a variety of scenarios developers often deal with when it comes to time zones. Among the capabilities of the API are time zone conversion, list time zones, and find a time zone.
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.
MapAnything describes itself as a Location of Things company. Recently, the company introduced a suite of APIs that provide programmatic access to its routing and optimization engines. The company is specifically focused on fleets and routing B2B companies, and plans to introduce more APIs soon.
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.
Microsoft has added waypoint optimization to the Bing Maps Routing API, which allows developers to create routes between driving locations. The API is ideal for delivery and transportation businesses, and the route optimization functionality is intended to address the traveling salesman problem.
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.
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.