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Many of the world's most successful technology companies have seen their fortunes bolstered by offering open APIs, but incidents last week involving Facebook and Spotify demonstrate that open APIs are not without risk, especially when enforcement of API usage policies is lax.
Facebook this week announced it has opened its Instant Games platform to all developers. The platform, which had been in beta, allows developers to build HTML5-based games that can be played across Facebook directly within News Feeds and in Messenger conversations on desktop and mobile devices.
Hootsuite added to its API portfolio with the Interaction History API. The API allows developers to monitor social media exchanges of its app users and other social media profiles. The goal of the API is to provide more context to social media exchanges. The API has Twitter and Facebook endpoints.
Twitter yesterday announced updates to its developer platform terms that aim to reign in the use of automation by bad actors "to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts." Twitter's updated policies forbid applications from posting identical content to multiple Twitter accounts.
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, today announced that its Marketing API is now available to all developers. The API allows third parties to programmatically buy ads in the Snapchat app and manage their advertising campaigns. It also offers additional targeting and testing functionality.
Twitter today announced that it is launching a new offering that will give developers access to the full Twitter archive which contains all tweets going back to the first one posted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2006. Previously, full archive access was limited to Twitter's enterprise customers.
By giving business accounts the ability to schedule posts, Instagram is addressing one of the most requested features from its corporate clients. The newfound power has been added to the Instagram Graph API, which should let businesses take greater control over their Instagram content.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, Messaging, and Social Media. Featured today are APIs from CronAlarm, for integrating with the cron jobs platform, and from The Things Network, a crowdsourced IoT networking platform.
ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2017: Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education API University
This article is part of a multi-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2017. Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education APIs are covered here. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
EBU opened free API access to its database of 240+ quality control tests. Media industry participants have long requested API access to such tests and the industry group answered with the help of members. The data has been freely available via EBU.IO/QC; however, API access streamlines the process.
GitHub today unveiled Teletype for Atom, a new tool that aims to make real-time social coding much easier. Atom is a free, open-source text editor that GitHub first released in 2014. With Teletype, which is currently in beta, developers anywhere in the world can collaborate without latency.
Twitter today made the Search Tweets API, the first of several new premium APIs, available to developers as a public beta. The move shows Twitter is following through on its commitment from earlier this year to help developers scale their projects from low-level to enterprise-class endeavors.
Facebook has announced the release of Graph API v2.11 and Messenger Platform v2.2. Facebook Graph API v2.11 includes changes to the Pages API and App Links Host. The latest version of the Messenger Platform includes the availability of the Messenger Broadcast API (open beta) and Page Insights API.
Amazon is testing a self-serve advertising API that will allow brands to automate and manage their Amazon advertising campaigns. According to Digiday, the API will offer brands a "systematic approach to adjusting and reporting campaigns and offer capabilities to automate the ways campaigns work."
Google has announced that Google Analytics now features a new service, the Google AMP Client ID API. The new API makes it possible for developers to analyze user experience across AMP and non-AMP pages, and provides metrics such as bounce rate, session duration, and pages per session.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, Business, Natural Language Processing and Social. Highlights include Sygic Travel APIs for travel planning and RiteKit social media engagement APIs. Here's a look at what is new.
Twitter Kit 3 was introduced as a standalone SDK earlier this year. Originally limited to Android and iOS, Twitter has expanded support to Unity. Whether its login authorization, in-game Tweets, or sharing, Twitter Kit for Unity might change the gaming landscape through more social capability.
Instagram made API news today with new comment features, and a major upgrade. The Instagram Platform API has upgraded to Facebook's Graph API. This allows greater flexibility to access Instagram data from third party tools. Instagram commented that the API will be available to all developers soon.
In today's look at what what going on in the world of APIs we discuss Yahoo's streaming data query engine, Bullet, which promises the ability to run 'look-forward' queries; Distil Networks released Bot Defense for API aimed at ensuring authorized users are access API servers and more.
We bring you a holiday edition of the API news that we weren't able to cover. Today's news includes a new version of the AWS Java SDK, Facebook offering an explanation to developers regarding a recent change to the Graph API, and extension to the Azure Text Analytics API and more.