January 20, 2015
Single purpose API
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Recently, blogging service Posterous thought it would try and help ease the burden of moving from other places on the web to its blogging platform by developing a bunch of migration tools. All of these tools were built on other services' open APIs and designed to go in, grab your content, and republish it through Posterous maintaining as much metadata as possible. Things were fine until photo-hosting service Twitpic caught wind and cut of Posterous' API access.
The book publishing business is undergoing rapid changes. Self-publishing your own content is a growing trend and Lulu, an online publishing platform wants to provide publishers, content creators and developers with an API to manage the entire process. The Lulu APIs now cover publishing, document conversion and full e-commerce capabilities.
With the latest version of its image recognition API, Clarifai is now offering developers a way to leverage the underlying engine's machine learning capabilities to build custom models so that what one organization looks for in an image can be very different from what another organization looks for.