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When I saw three new SMS APIs, Kinross, Oventus & Txttools added to our index I thought that I might as well dive into this telephony area a little more deeply. A few minutes of clicking and I learned just how ignorant I was about this space. My previous understanding of the texting service provider arena was based on limited exposure. I had only heard of Tropo & Twilio and I assumed that they were the main players with other SMS sites simply wrapping around them. It seems that just the opposite is true, and that there is a lot of fragmentation in this area.
Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, and Auto. Some highlights are an API that returns data about Superheros from multiple sources, and an API that uses machine learning for crawling the web.