The Apple iCloud Ruby library by Jurriaan Pruis aims to work with Apple iCloud services in iOS, Mac, and PC. Authentication and basic account information retrieval are needed to access the library. Dependencies in HTTPclient and plist are available as links. The author has published a number of Ruby libraries in his GitHub repositories, that could be useful to scrap, connect, and interface.
This week, Segment.io co-founder Peter Reinhardt blogged about building The Reel Box, a mash-up site launched in March which displays local movie showtimes from Fandango alongside Rotten Tomatoes ratings, YouTube trailer videos, and Google Maps to each theatre. At first glance, it looks insanely useful--so why is it more likely to receive a cease-and-desist letter than a VC offer?
Roll-your-own API service Usergrid has been acquired by API management company Apigee. Usergrid could potentially help Apigee reach out to mobile developers increasingly finding themselves needing APIs to interact with their apps. It's part of a trend of developers not only being API consumers, but also API providers--at least privately to their own apps.