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A recent PC World article titled "As Facebook Service Goes, So Goes the Internet" scratched the surface of some inherent dangers of our increasingly interconnected Internet. By its very nature, the current generation of the internet is interconnected: "Web 2.0 is a loosely defined intersection of web application features that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web." The PC World article traced some problems that mere inclusion of a simple sharing interface can cause. When Facebook suffered a bad day, the top twenty news sites experienced load times of 12.5 seconds (compared to the usual 5-7 seconds). Top retail sites load times slowed to 5.7 seconds from the typical 2.2. seconds. All of this dragging because of a poorly performing "Like" button at a Facebook data center? This could have much larger implications for companies that are inherently reliant on data from external sources (e.g. websites pulling third-party data via APIs).
Nexmo offers a series of cloud-based communication APIs that make it easy to integrate reliable communication services into any application. This tutorial by Tim Lytle on the Nexmo blog shows followers how to build a simple text message group chat using the Nexmo SMS API and PHP.
Cisco takes on AWS cloud services by heading in the opposite direction to raise costs and add services . Appy Pie's new API will try to transform radio stations in mobile apps. Plus: a blazingly fast mobile content management system, and Wibbitz's text-to-video App is released in Spanish.