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Customer service-driven company Zappos, which first launched its developer program in June, is showing it's still focused on its Zappos API. The platform for platform shoes has been hard at work on a new version, according to Zappos' Will Young, though developers won't notice much difference quite yet.
Amazon is testing a self-serve advertising API that will allow brands to automate and manage their Amazon advertising campaigns. According to Digiday, the API will offer brands a "systematic approach to adjusting and reporting campaigns and offer capabilities to automate the ways campaigns work."
There are major advantages to today’s applications being built atop APIs. If you’re reading ProgrammableWeb, there’s a good chance you know all about integrating with other services. The major disadvantage of modern distributed architecture is pretty obvious—someone else’s service could go down and it’s outside of your control. You might not even know a service is down, which is why many top API providers are now making status pages available. These sites help communicate to developers when anything is amiss with the API.