BBVA launched a Banking as a Service platform in Europe before regulations all but compelled such platforms. It is ahead of the curve in the US as well. The company has moved the BBVA Open Platform out of beta, and ready for production environments for uses in the US. The platform is API-based.
Developers now have an additional opportunity to contribute to their karma by developing socially conscious applications with the newly released Kiva API (our new Kiva API profile). Kiva, a person-to-person micro-lending site, announced the release of the RESTful API on its new developer blog earlier today. This is great news for the mashup community.