Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of resources for developing Alexa, the Amazon Echo Device's voice service. Use ASK to increase Alexa's capabilities. Develop skills like playing music, setting an alarm, or having a simple conversation with Alexa. See the project documentation to find information on setting up a cloud based service (AWS Lambda), handling requests from Alexa, and extensive code samples.
Agora.io has launched an Agora Interactive Broadcasting API developers can use to add real-time interactive broadcasting capabilities to web and mobile applications. Agora Interactive Broadcasting supports up to 7 active speakers and 10,000 participants, and is available via the Agora SDK.
The ol' mid-date excuse to cut things short has an upgrade from a new mashup. Escape My Date reacts to a Twitter message for help and dispatches pre-selected friends to call you. The excuse, it seems, is still up to you to figure out.