When video rental and streaming company Netflix released its Netflix API, it was meant to support its DVD-by-mail business. In the time since the Netflix API was released, the business has shifted to streaming instant video, from hundreds of devices. Meanwhile, the Netflix API hasn't changed much and it's time for a redesign, according to Netflix's Daniel Jacobson in his talk at OSCon Wednesday. Jacobson's talk offers examples of how the next iteration might look, including doing away with versions, but creating unique endpoints for each partner's application.
Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp's founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp's biggest competitors.