Amazon has released three new APIs that expand the capabilities of doorbells, cameras, and other smart devices on users' front porches. The APIs help Alexa respond to doorbell presses, motion detection, and enable two way communication between someone at the front door and Alexa interactions.
Microsoft's latest version of its search API (our Live Search API Profile), which was released last November as a public beta, seems to be gaining quite a bit of momentum. According to a recent post on the Live Search Blog, the API is serving more than 3 billion queries per month, more than 5,000 applications to use the API, and queries from third party sites account for 80% of the API's query volume.
Since Bebo brought its Facebook Platform-compatible API out of closed beta a few weeks ago, as we reported in this post, the initial growth shows a steep curve from about 50 launch partner applications available before Jan 12th to 714 on Jan 26th.