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Everybody wants to know the latest news and there are many applications that provide users with up to the minute news posts and articles. But what about the people who are moving around, rushing to or from work and simply don't have a minute to stop and read the articles that are of interest to them? That's where Umano fits in. It's basically a simple application created to deliver news to people on the go, turning online content into quality audio content read aloud by professional voice actors. Umano's API makes it possible for developers to access this cool functionality and integrate it with other applications as well.
GitHub announced GitHub Pages is now integrated with the Checks API. This integration replaces the historical method of checking for build errors through the Statuses API. Statuses required developers to wait for an email with error information; whereas, Checks allows troubleshooting along the way.
Startups that want to design innovative products and services using data that's accessible via the web now have better data mining tools, thanks in part to startups like the award-winning import.io. Meanwhile, the recent settlement between U.S. startup People+ and AOL around accessing the entire Crunchbase database via API for a Google Glass app means there could be greater clarity for startups around data usage rights when creating commercial ventures. ProgrammableWeb spoke with import.io co-founder and chief data officer Andrew Fogg and Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss commercial trends in data scraping and developer rights in using data via APIs for business product design.