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They say it’s the Age of the Consumer because people have more access to a lot of information about any given product they buy or vendor they do business with. But for all that information one thing most of us don’t have much control over is the rewards programs their credit cards generated points towards every time they buy something.
The database that tried to be everything to everyone is being replaced by more specific tools. The Google Base API, launched in 2005, has been deprecated. In its place, Google suggests using its new Google Shopping Search API for finding products and Shopping Content API for merchants to add products. The new APIs will help Google focus on the most common uses of Google Base. However, the change means that developers will have to update code and that some non-shopping applications will be left without a replacement.
If you're building an app to manage mobile payments in Britain, just how will your clients close the deal? The shopping cart is one thing, but the one-click payment is a hairball of banking regulations and security most developers aren't prepared for. The JudoPay API is one leg of a three-legged stool designed to handle this, with the other legs of JudoAcquire and JudoSettle making up the JudoPlatform. The company joins a crowded field of 208 ecommerce APIs in our directory, though only a few of them are focused on Britain.