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Twitter is moving the Hide Replies API endpoint out of Twitter Developer Labs, the company’s testing ground for emerging developer services, and into general availability. Using the API developers are able to build applications that help people hide or unhide replies to their Tweets.
Reddit announced upcoming changes to its API reporting. Starting September 21, free form reports will not be allowed from communities that have not chosen to allow such reports from users. Currently, developers can disallow custom reports, but that doesn't restrict third party clients from doing so.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Human Resources, Validation, and Coronavirus. Highlights include new versions of Facebook APIs, an API that measures emotions, and an API for survey data standards. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Less than a day removed from a security breach that led to several high profile Twitter accounts being hacked, Twitter is delaying the launch of an all-new API. The new Twitter API is intended to provide developers with a robust feature set and an easy path to advanced data access.
Planet, an Earth-imaging API provider, has introduced a new Developer Trial Program. The program allows developers to use Planet’s suite of APIs before signing up and paying for production use. Trial users receive an actual API key that allows real requests and receives real data.
Facebook just announced v8.0 of its Graph and Marketing APIs. Per usual, the new releases include some breaking changes, feature updates, and deprecations. The company is pointing developers to the Platform Initiatives Hub to stay up to date with all company plans and programs.
Echosec Systems has launched an API, providing direct access to previously unavailable data feeds from fringe social, deep, and dark web sources. The Platform API was developed to meet intelligence community requirements for streamlined access to raw data from these less-regulated sources.
Ordnance Survey has announced the release of a new geospatial data platform that will provide users access to the agency’s location data. The new platform, aptly named OS Data Hub, provides limited free API access to Ordnance Survey’s massive location dataset: OS MasterMap.
Facebook has announced changes to the protocol for designating ads that relate to social issues, elections, or politics. These changes are intended to further bolster election integrity while also improving ad transparency. The updates will apply to the Marketing API v7.0.
Google Maps recently celebrated its 15th birthday. As part of that celebration, the Maps team announced a number of new beta features, and a roadmap for making the next 15 years even more powerful than the first. Of all the features Google is adding, customization is the common theme.
The Google Maps team has announced the beta launch of Local Context. With Local Context, site and app owners can integrate the typical Google Map experience into their properties, but that experience is amplified with rich, local information (e.g. shops, restaurants, etc.).
ZenSports has debuted a new API to provide programmatic access to the company’s sports betting functionality that underlies the ZenSports mobile application. With this addition, ZenSports is hoping to provide developers and sports betters with a simplified method for handling betting at scale.
Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Business, Mapping, and Banking. Highlights include an API for a lending platform, an API for IT monitoring, and an API for biodiversity literature and image data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Ars Technica received confirmation via email this week that Instagram doesn't extend its copyright license to cover content that is embedded on external websites via the Instagram API. This news comes in light of an ongoing legal battle related to third-party use of the social platform’s data.
HERE Technologies, a provider of mapping technology and services, has announced that its XYZ platform will move into general availability. HERE XYZ is designed to provide end-to-end support for developers that are working on map publication and data management.
Garmin, a provider of GPS solutions, has announced the release of the Connect Courses API. The new API will allow developers to integrate with Garmin’s GPS devices and directly import course directions. The API has already been implemented in the extremely popular Strava and Komoot applications.
Lepton Software, a GIS software provider, has announced myCOVIDrisk software and API. The new COVID-19 risk mapping solution helps businesses understand COVID-19 risks associated with their workforce, routes, assets, products, and more. The API tracks quarantine and containment zones in real-time.
Google has added a temporary closures functionality to the Google Maps Places API. Whether a business is closed for a season in the ordinary course of business, or it is temporarily closed in response to a global pandemic, the new feature provides real-time, operational information about a business.
Facebook recently released an updated version of the company’s iOS application. Little did they know at the time that an underlying social login dependency would cause several major applications to fail to load. Spotify, TikTok, Pinterest, Tinder, GrubHub, and others were all affected by the issue.
Facebook has released version 7.0 of its Marketing API and Graph API. Additionally, it released version 7.0 of its Mobile SDKs and Business SDKs. As expected, these new releases include new fields and features, but also include new requirements for mobile developers. Deprecations are also planned.