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​Facebook, Spotify API Abuses Highlight Open Platform Security Risks

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:28:01 -0400

On Friday, Spotify revoked the API key for SpotLister, a service that had billed itself as a platform for "artists & curators on Spotify to promote their work, get reviews, grow their audience and monetize their passion." An investigation conducted by Daily Dot, however, revealed that SpotLister was effectively facilitating a pay-for-play scheme on the popular music service.


PUBG Launches Test Version of its API for Battle Royale Game Data

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:17:00 -0400

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) recently announced the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Developer API for its battle royale game. The PUBG API will open access to in-game data which developers can use to build supporting tools and services. PUBG originally announced its intention to release an API under its 2018 roadmap.


How an IRS API Could Transform the Economy

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:57:45 -0400

If you want any kind of credit these days, you’re going to get assessed by one of the private credit bureaus for credit worthiness. These bureaus rely on data from past and present creditors to evaluate your position. What they’re missing, however, is information from the IRS about how much you earn and how good you are at paying your taxes. That may be about to change thanks to APIs.


Daily API RoundUp: AniList, Nuzzle, OnApp,, Cybersource

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:27:08 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


How to Prioritize API Integrations

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:18:36 -0400

“To integrate, or not to integrate?” That’s the question often facing product managers.


Facebook Opens its Instant Games Platform to All Developers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:11:43 -0400

​Facebook this week announced that it has opened its Instant Games platform to all developers. The platform, which had been in beta, allows developers to build HTML5-based games that can be played across Facebook directly within News Feeds and in Messenger conversations on desktop and mobile devices. 


Expedia Affiliate Network Launches New API for Travel Accommodations

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:30:45 -0400

Travel booking giant Expedia, through its Expedia Affiliate Network, has launched EAN Rapid, a new platform for travel accomodation search and booking.

The platform contains a number of APIs, including Geography APIs that provide geographic definitions and property mappings, a Shopping API that offers real-time rates and availability for more than 400,000 accomodations around the world, and a Booking API that allows Expedia affiliates to book rooms.


Daily API RoundUp: Studio Ghibli, Movebank, OANDA

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:05:49 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


PartsTech Launches an Auto Parts Purchasing API

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:03:27 -0400

PartsTech, an automotive ecommerce technology company, has announced the launch of a new Parts Ordering API.

By integrating the API into their shop management systems, auto shops will be able to more easily find auto parts, check prices, find local inventory, and make purchases without leaving their shop management systems.


OFX Developer Program for International Payments Moves Out of Beta

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:59:21 -0400

OFX, a foreign currency exchange company, last week announced that its OFX Developers program has exited beta and is now open to all developers.


Algolia Launches Search Analytics APIs

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:25:57 -0400

Algolia, a hosted search engine API provider, today announced major updates to its Analytics platform, which include an enhanced Analytics API as well as a new Click Analytics API.


Hootsuite Announces Interaction History API to Monitor Social Media Engagement

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:06:07 -0400

Hootsuite recently introduced its new Interaction History API. Through the API, developers of third party apps can retrieve social engagement data from Hootsuite. Through the API, users can read mentions, comments, likes, and other exchanges between their app and a particular social media profile.


Firefox 60 to Disable the W3C Proximity and Ambient Light APIs

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:58:54 -0400

Mozilla Firefox 60, an upcoming version of the popular web browser that is expected to be released in May, will disable the W3C Proximity and Ambient Light APIs.


VoiceBase Updates its Speech Analytics API

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:50:04 -0400

VoiceBase, a provider of AI-powered speech analytics, yesterday announced an update to its Speech Analytics API, which organizations can use to evaluate and categorize voice calls.


Twilio Launches Twilio Flex Fully Programmable Contact Center Platform

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:57:50 -0400

Twilio has launched Twilio Flex, a cloud-based contact center platform that is instantly deployable, fully programmable, and allows businesses to engage with customers via a variety of channels. Among the channels that can be deployed instantly with Twilio Flex are voice, SMS, chat, video, email, and Facebook Messenger. Twilio Flex is ideal for businesses that would like to integrate an additional layer of customization with their existing on-premises and SaaS contact center deployments.


LoadView Takes API Testing to the Next Level with Webapps Simulating Users

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:37:09 -0400

In this part of the API Testing Series, we review a tool called LoadView, a combination monitoring and load testing tool. Here's a closer look at LoadView, its feature set, who might use it, and the current price models.


Daily API RoundUp: Bing, SafeTrek, Google, SheetDB

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:18:21 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


ScoreStream Makes its Local Sports API Available for Commercial Access

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:38:09 -0500

ScoreStream, a high school sports app and platform, recently announced the launch of a public ScoreStream Local Sports API. 

The API offers access to data, including schedules and scores, for 10,000 to 15,000 high school games every week while schools are in session. ScoreStream employs a number of techniques to validate this data and says it is syndicated to a number of media partners, including the Associated Press.


Episerver Launches Headless API for Digital Content Delivery

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:13:35 -0500

Episerver, digital experience solution provider, announced a new Headless API that enables users to easily deliver digital content. The API enables users to provide many integration points around the Episerver CMS.


Latest Chrome 65 Release Includes New APIs

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:30:55 -0500

The latest release of Chrome 65 includes a number of improvements including two new APIs: CSS Paint API and Server Timing API. The CSS Paint API is also referred to as CSS Custom Paint or Houdini's paint worklet. The CSS Paint API allows an image to be programmatically generated whenever a CSS property of a web page expects an image.


Episerver Announced the Launch of Episerver Insight

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:30:19 -0500

Episerver recently announced the launch of Episerver Insight and a new Headless API to help organizations gain visitor intelligence and deliver better experiences for their customers everywhere they engage.


Android P APIs Target AI, Location, Multimedia, Payments and More

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:07:04 -0500

The next iteration of Android is here. Google this week released Android P Developer Preview 1, an early build of its refreshed core Android platform. Android P is awash in new APIs for developers to put to work creating powerful apps that will bring new and exciting experiences to end users.


Daily API RoundUp: Hooks:Data, Solunar, Slapbot, Lingotek, Sequence

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:56:31 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Android Things Dev Preview 7 Intros New Bluetooth APIs

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:00:04 -0500

Google's updated developer preview of Android Things adopts the latest version of Android, the latest version of Google Play Services, and adds new APIs for managing Bluetooth performance. Google also took pains to address developer feedback in this release.


Microsoft Releases Azure SDK for Go

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:45:52 -0500

Microsoft has launched an Azure SDK for Go. The SDK allows Go developers to connect apps for Azure to data sources such as Cosmos DB and Azure Storage. Developers can programmatically deploy Azure resources and authenticate users.


Google Announces Cloud Healthcare API

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:43:42 -0500

Google has announced early access to its Cloud Healthcare API which provides access to a solution for ingesting and managing key healthcare data types such as DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine), FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), and HL7 v2 (Health Level Seven International).


Add Contextual Information to Apps with the Bing Entity Search API

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:39:05 -0500

Microsoft has announced that the Bing Entity Search API is now generally available in eleven markets including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The API provides contextual information about real-world entities such as people, places, things, and local businesses. The Bing Entity Search API is available as part of Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services.


Daily API RoundUp: WebXR, Tagove, AirHint, Zapic, DiscountAPI

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:29:29 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


GraphQL Pain Points to Look out For

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 15:10:00 -0500

If you've followed the API economy over the last couple of years, it's impossible to have missed the growing interest in GraphQL. For API providers it offers an alternative to REST, especially as the number of API clients has increased. Under certain use cases, GraphQL offers several advantages over REST, namely the ability to perform complex queries with a single request.


​Microsoft Upgrades the AI Capabilities of Azure

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:15:33 -0500

Microsoft today announced a number of AI-related updates to its Azure platform, including a public preview of its Custom Vision Service, improvements to its Face API, and the general availability of Bing Entity Search.