The most popular video API is about to become more popular. As just announced by Googe's Jim Patterson on the YouTube blog, YouTube Everywhere, the YouTube API has just been upgraded with some very powerful new features.
Machine learning technology, which is defined in this ProgrammableWeb article, is starting to become a common component in many types of technology platforms. Machine learning has led to the advent of predictive analytics, which has been rapidly growing in usage and is becoming an important aspect of business operations and processes.
A trend is starting to emerge: Advanced technologies are being made available first as cloud services that organizations can invoke easily via an API, rather than having to figure out how to deploy and master themselves. The latest example of that trend is a cloud service from AlchemyAPI that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision technologies to allow publishers and providers of ad networks to more easily monetize content.