"Every day, movies expire from Netflix Watch Instantly," Twitter's Robin Sloan tweeted. So, the one-time Current TV online strategist decided to do something about it. Using the Netflix API, he wrote a program to find the movies that are about to expire. Then, he tweets them out from @queuenoodle, an account that has already hit nearly 4,000 followers in a day.
A little over a year ago, Google released a new product called Google Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables allows you to upload, merge, share, and visualize large tables of tabular data. Basically, we wanted to answer the question “I have a spreadsheet. I want to share it with people and create a map/bar chart/storyline/other visualization.” Google Spreadsheets, while powerful, couldn’t handle the 100 meg upload we allow for Fusion Tables. And, being Google, we also provided something for developers.
Eight APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Engagement, Database, and Emergency. Highlights include the Xillio API for connecting applications to content repositories such as Dropbox, Hadoop, Zendesk, Github, and many others. Here's a look at what's new.