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Last year, dating app OKCupid removed the ability for its users to view who had visited their profiles, but a developer this week revealed that visitor data had still been available via OKCupid's Visitor API. In a blog post, Zack Whipkey detailed how he was able to access detailed user information.
With an announcement of new permissions levels, Twitter is requiring apps that need access to direct messages to re-authorize their users. For mobile apps, this could mean rewriting to use OAuth for the first time. When the developer community balked at a shorter timeline, Twitter extended the deadline to June 14 June 30. Though most developers will not need to make changes to their applications, those that do will have to do so in only 27 43 days.
Websense, a leading web security company, has announced that it has acquired Defensio, the anti-comment-spam service. Last fall we wrote about Defensio and its API and how it lets developers submit text snippets, such as comments from blogs and forums, which is then analyzed to return an indication of the likelihood that the text is spam. In the announcement, Websense notes these capabilities: