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Yammer, a microblogging-for-business site and winner of the top prize at the recent TechCrunch50 conference, has released an API to allow developers to build their own applications around the service (Yammer API profile). Created by the people behind genealogy site Geni, Yammer has taken the tried and tested Twitter model, which asks users to answer the question "What are you doing?" in 140 characters or less, and adapted it for businesses, turning the question into "What are you working on?"
The key to any transaction whether in the online or physical world is the payment process. Payment is a common feature across desktop, web and mobile applications. PayPal is often the first choice that springs up on developers when they think of integrating payment into their applications. Developers want an easy to use API, sandbox testing, fair transaction fees and definitely less paperwork and wait time. Stripe aims to simplify the process of accepting payments on the Web with its easy-to-use Stripe API.