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Social site Tumblr announced that users of the Tumblr API will now have the Neue Post Format (NPF) available to them when consuming or creating posts. NPF is a JSON-based specification that takes post content and breaks it into discreet content blocks, each of which are defined by a type field.
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.
Fortnite was released in the summer of 2017 as an early access title on several platforms. In about a year, the popularity of this multiplayer, survival shooter game has skyrocketed. An official public Fortnite API is not currently available. This article highlights a few unofficial Fortnite APIs.
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.
Google joined Apple with a ban of on-device cryptocurrency mining apps from Google Play. Apple made its decision in June of this year. Both companies will continue to allow remote mining. As cryptocrime continues to accelerate, and mining is resource intensive, the decisions weren't surprising.
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.
As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
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.
Facebook has added Codeless App Events to the latest version of the Facebook SDK. The new feature allows app owners to track interactions between app users with certain elements within an app (e.g. buttons, images, etc.). Codeless App Events is implemented through a visual tool to reduce coding.
Last year, Google announced that Android app developers would need to target recent APIs starting mid-2018. That time has come and Google has not changed its tone. Facebook has indicated that its main app will target API level 26, Android Oreo 8. Other Facebook apps should follow suit
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.
Amazon has released an Appstore Sales Reporting API that allows developers to download sales reports programmatically. Developers use the API to retrieve monthly sales data as compressed CSV files. The CSV file contains item information such as marketplace, invoice ID, item name, and sales price.
Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Fuse 7 which includes more than 50 new connectors and a new browser-based, graphical interface that features low-code drag-and-drop capabilities. The company has also introduced Fuse Online, a new low-code integration platform that is fully hosted.