When Zappos released its API, there was a strange restriction: no mobile applications. While sometimes lawyers write terms that aren't formally enforced, Zappos made it clear on its API mailing list that it was serious. Soon, the restriction will be removed and mobile applications will be allowed without written approval.
While social networking sites already help users maintain connections with friends and interest groups, a recent trend in web services has been the growth of semantic technologies that connect people across different websites. New York startup AdaptiveBlue offer a service called "Glue," which uses semantic web techniques to understand the content of popular web pages that describe lifestyle objects such as books, music, and movies. It then lets you do many useful, in-context things based on that data, such as learn more about the movie or actors on IMDB, buy the soundtrack on Amazon, read the historical background on Wikipedia, and a interact with a variety of other sites and services.
At its annual Unite conference earlier this month, hosted ecommerce platform Shopify announced a number of major product announcements, including several that impact the company's developer ecosystem. As part of this, Shopify announced that its admin API will support GraphQL.