The Latest News On The API Economy
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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.
Google's Photos Library API is now generally available. The API helps developers easily consume and use photos and videos through connecting, uploading, and sharing functionality. While the API is open for use, Google introduced a Google Photos partner program for large integrations.
Mux has launched its Live Streaming API which makes it possible for developers to integrate Mux live streaming video capabilities with applications by adding only a few lines of code. Developers can use the API to build apps that support scalable live video streaming on mobile, desktop, and TV.
Ten more APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Auto, and Marketing. Highlights include the Sonos API for home sound automation and the Arcentry API for architectural diagram creation. Here's a look at what is new for developers.
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.
Facebook created an API to fight abusive political ads. The Ad Archive API is being tested by a select group of researchers, academics, and publishers. Through the API, developers gain access to ad data including the ad creator, content, recipient, impressions, target demographic and more.
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.
DNA testing provider 23andMe has informed developers that it will be shuttering its public API in two weeks to focus on apps that use its internal reports. The API was intended to give developers the ability to build apps and tools that took advantage of the company’s genetic data sets.
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.
Less than a year after Cloudflare launched a beta version of its video platform, Cloudflare has now made Stream generally available. The Stream video platform allows developers to integrate video without giving up control to third party video providers, or having to invest in video infrastructure.
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.
Four tech titans have announced the Data Transfer Project. The project is an open source, service-to-service, data portability platform. With the implementation of GDPR, and the increase need of consumers to retrieve and move their data, the Data Transfer Project looks to standardize the process.