January 11, 2018
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What's that guy at the coffee shop typing into his computer? These days you may actually be able to find out. If he's using Twitter or FourSquare, nearby messages can be called up using the APIs. The new Geosay mashup does exactly this, showing tweets and tips near your location--or any location you request.
Now you can use an API to find out once and for all whether you are among the living. The U.S. Social Security Administration maintains a "death index" to prevent fraud. CDYNE Corporation subscribes to the updates and has opened the index up with a fee-based API (details at our Death Index API profile).
Open APIs are being adopted by a wide range of industries, even those outside the Internet sector. Most recently the pharmaceutical industry is realizing the benefits of APIs in sharing information around drug research. Thomson Reuters now provides the Thomson Reuters Pharma API for investigational drugs data. The service provides access the company's comprehensive source of global pharmaceutical intelligence on drugs.