There are three standard ways to manage API authentication these days: API keys, OAuth tokens and JSON Web tokens (JWT). Adam Duvander over at the Zapier engineering blog explains how and when to use them. The humble API key is the common and earliest form of API authentication.
Google Cloud Platform continues to innovate across its platform by announcing features that include include HTTPs Load Balancing GA, Logs viewer on Mobile Console App, Custom Machine Types, Netflix Spinnaker as a Cloud solution and signing up of Akamai as a CDN Interconnect partner.
Back in May I wrote about the race for either unified APIs or API standards to bridge the growing number of APIs in specific industries or areas. Unified APIs are created by a third party provider to bridge multiple APIs, while API standards would potentially create an industry-wide standard of how APIs should operate.