The Latest News On The API Economy
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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.
Algolia, a hosted search engine API provider, today announced major updates to its Analytics platform, which include an enhanced Analytics API as well as a new Click Analytics API, with the aim of helping customers gain more visibility into how their users are performing searches.
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.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Cryptocurrency, Search, and Screenshots. Featured today is an API for adding personal safety features to applications and an API that provides data from the Mars Curiosity rover. Here's a look at what is new.
Microsoft has announced that the Bing Entity Search API is now generally available in eleven markets including the United States and Canada. The Bing Entity Search API provides contextual information about real-world entities such as people, places, things, and local businesses.
Microsoft today announced a number of AI-related updates to its Azure platform, including a public preview of Microsoft Custom Vision Service for creating state-of-the-art computer vision models, improvements to its facial recognition API service, and the general availability of Bing Entity Search.
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.
Google has announced that availability of its Manufacturer Center service has been expanded to more countries and the company has launched the Google Manufacturer Center API. The API allows Manufacturer Center users to programmatically add, update, delete, and distribute product data.
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.
Microsoft continues to built out its cogitative services API portfolio with two more APIs now generally available. The Bing Custom Search API and v7 of the Bing Search API are both GA and ready for production use. The Customer Search API enables targeted searches, and v7 adds filtering.
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.