Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
Slack has recently announced several upgrades to it’s messaging platform, these upgrades aim to improve communication inside larger organizations. These new enhancements include a new API for creating templated workspaces and a new announcement channel for communicating key information.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Blockchain, eCommerce, Non-Profit, and Healthcare. Highlights today include ETHEREST API for the Ethereum blockchain and the Overstock Shopping API. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.