The Open Exchange Rates API currently provides real-time, hourly-updated exchange rates and historical data for 161 world currencies that can be used in web and mobile applications, frameworks and with any programming language.
BancBox, payment services provider, has announced a new service and correlating API: BancBox Crowd. BancBox Crowd consists of the first independent escrow service for debt, equity, and revenue share crowdfunding portals. The service provides an online portal that eliminates the legacy escrow process (e.g. paperwork, waiting, etc.).
TESOBE, Berlin-based software development firm, has launched the Open Bank Project with the hopes of bringing more transparency to the world's banking community. To accomplish its goal, the Open Bank Project provides an API that banks utilize to provide transaction data to interested parties. Given the hypersensitivity of financial information, the Open Bank Project must persevere through many obstacles. However, should the idea catch hold, it could be the first example of open banking as a service.