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Last month saw the first-ever "Small Business Saturday" (at least according to American Express, the initiative's sponsor). Small business get plenty of attention in terms of their finances, but what about their web application needs? The Small Business Web is "a directory of web apps to help small business bloom and grow." The site was founded about two years ago by FreshBooks (invoicing), MailChimp (email marketing), BatchBlue (customer relationship management), Outright (accounting), and Shoeboxed (receipt management). It now lists dozens of applications across several more categories.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Payments, Messaging, and Mapping. Highlights include an API for Cohesity data management and backup service, and an API for WhatsApp messaging event notifications. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
FullContact has announced the CardShark API. The CardShark API allows users to "to send images of business cards to FullContact, and...receive back a response containing transcribed structured contact data." The advantage the API method of optical character recognition over competitors lies in the ability to send contacts to devices and applications beyond the device that captured the initial picture.