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Amazon has just released an in-App purchasing API for PC and Mac Apps. Game developers should win big. This closely follows its Kindle ebook commitment to extending products across platforms. Ebooks were first available on Kindle readers, then they became readable on Macs and PCs. The roll out for in-App purchases in games was likewise first available to Kindle Fire and Android developers last April, a precursor to this announcement.
PayZang, payment processing provider, has introduced a new payment API. The API allows merchants to integrate payment options with third party applications and platforms. PayZang hopes to attract new customers with the API because integration will speed up online shopping and bill pay experiences.
Over there, by the gum and the tabloid magazines, there's an API. Literally, it's a piece of plastic, but behind it is a company and the APIs that company uses to make the whole operation work. Blackhawk, a subsidiary of Safeway, distributes gift cards for many big-name stores in 90,000 retail locations. And while the cards have always been supported by backend systems, mobile is moving this ten year-old company to an open API approach.