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Websense, a leading web security company, has announced that it has acquired Defensio, the anti-comment-spam service. Last fall we wrote about Defensio and its API and how it lets developers submit text snippets, such as comments from blogs and forums, which is then analyzed to return an indication of the likelihood that the text is spam. In the announcement, Websense notes these capabilities:
Lately we're seeing a lot more talk about API monetization. Last week we covered TweetPhoto's efforts at encouraging developers to use the TweetPhoto API through a transactional payment model (one penny or so for each photo uploaded via the API). Last month we covered Bandsintown, which provides affiliate earnings via use of its Bandsintown API. And more recently Touchnote announced an affiliate payment model (with a whopping 30% royalty) for developers working with its image API.
microPledge enters the emerging market for small scale financial services. This service allows everyday people to contribute to a common goal that requires something more than higher ideals: money! It is geared specifically toward software development, which makes the microPledge API a niche offering.