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Google announced earlier this month its plans to shutter Google+, its failed social network, after a second security breach exposed the data of millions. Along with the social network, Google plans to shut down the Google+ APIs on March 7, 2019. However, some APIs may stop working even sooner.
A recently leaked developer document from Microsoft foretells of an upcoming Xbox Clubs API. Xbox Clubs was a feature released last year that enables Xbox Live users to create social groups. Eager developers anticipate a major opportunity to transform Xbox Live into a social hub through the API.
The Facebook Wall has fallen. Actually, didn't the social network lose the "wall" when it launched Timeline last year? Nevertheless, the Facebook API still had access to post updates (assuming the user gave the app permission). Effective immediately, Facebook is removing access to the writable wall, pointing developers to two alternatives that lead to less spammy outcomes.