UPCZilla is a search engine for UPCs (universal product codes), based on the Storeminator (https://www.programmableweb.com/mashup/storeminator) mashup code. It leverages the web services of Amazon, eBay and Commission Junction to search for likely matches for UPCs and then aggregates the resulting data, displaying it in the form of a price comparison listing, lowest price first.
The engine runs as a Wordpress plugin for ease of deployment and employs multiple layers of caching (database and flat-file HTML) to maximize site speed. However, most page refreshes will require cached data to be refetched from one or more web service - maximum cache time is between one hour and 12 hours, due to restrictions on caching imposed by web service providers.
Still, the results are very consistent, only limited by the accuracy of UPC data provided by third parties - at an estimate, less than 1% of UPC searches have products with wrongly-allocated UPCs.
Diffbot, a startup known for its data mining services, released a new API that will scan an e-commerce shopping page and parse information on a particular product. Developers can use the API in their web and mobile apps to find the best price on different sites, track merchandise availability or even migrate shopping sites to new platforms without having to deal with backend integration.
Quovo is making its mark on the financial industry through an API that pulls critical data from financial institutions. Access to the Quovo API is now simpler with a self-service API checkout. Free access to an API Sandbox allows developers to test, and then paid versions scale with use.
Changes are coming to the recently launched eBay Buy and Sell APIs. These changes include category name length increase, schedule changes for required product identifiers, and bidder privacy changes in the eBay Trading API. eBay will be implementing these changes in the coming months.
This Financial Instruments Closing Prices API is a Fabrick service to retrieve the closing prices of financial instruments and search the closing prices of a list of financial instruments. The Fabric...