Dropbox to unveil its Dropbox for Business API as lawyers rejoice

Make your own special Dropbox

Dropbox will launch its Dropbox for Business API on Wednesday, allowing developers to create enterprise-oriented applications on top of Dropbox. The startup also said that it now has 100,000 Dropbox for Business companies, which includes organizations like Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Spotify.

REST Hooks and the real-time web

Users have grown accustomed to a real-time web, but now they want an easier-to-implement real-time integration between web services. REST Hooks seems to be the emerging standard for such integration.

Deploying the Netflix API

http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/08/deploying-netflix-api.html Almost anything you want to know about how Netflix is scaling its streaming API to support a growing number of users.…


An overview of the software-defined networking market

The tremendous growth of public and private cloud services places new demands on the IT organization, particularly when it comes to the scale, agility, and management of the data center. Software-defined networks are a response to those demands in terms of provisioning, segmentation, management, and costs.

Few enterprises are ready for the app economy’s data explosion

In the new app economy, organizations no longer own all the data they need to make accurate business decisions. This loss of control requires data marketplaces and data syndication models that few enterprises are currently prepared for. Apigee’s Anant Jhingran looks at three important steps that companies need to take to succeed in the app economy.

Business process API-ification: The LEGO promise fulfilled

Amazon has proven that developers are happy to outsource the data center, and Salesforce has proven that end users and IT organizations are content to consume a Web-based application — but what about all the core functions in between? Enter the providers of business process APIs. Mayfield’s Robin Vasan offers an overview of the emerging area.

With Twilio’s help, AT&T opens up SMS, voice to developers

AT&T is launching a new program called Advanced Communication Suite which not only resells Twilio-powered cloud communications apps but lets more-savvy businesses tap into its voice and SMS APIs. What’s more, given Twilio’s broad reach, AT&T may overcome the problem of cross-carrier fragmentation.

GoodData targets big business data with new offering

Cloud analytics provider GoodData has a new suite of offerings that let users connect their various data sources into a single platform that handles the analysis and visualization for them. It’s made possible by a confluence of technology trends that enable analytics as a service.

Evan Williams on Twitter and its ecosystem

Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter and the company’s former CEO during the beginning of its evolution from a side project into a major social-media entity, says that the influence of the network’s ecosystem has been overstated. But is that true?

After tumultuous summer, developers cast wary eye on Twitter

Want to work with Twitter? In the second of a three-part series on Twitter’s development as a company, we explore the complicated relationship between Twitter and developers, who are chafing under new rules and regulations that come with the company’s growth.

Twitter at the crossroads — growing up is hard to do

Twitter is in the midst of a strategic transformation, from being an open information network or real-time data utility to being an ad-driven media entity, and that evolution raises a host of questions about the future of the service and its impact on users.

Hey, Twitter — shouldn’t it be about the users?

The reaction to Twitter’s restrictions on its API has focused mostly on whether the moves are unfair to third-party developers and apps. But what about the impact they will have on users? Twitter seems to care more about monetizing its network than what users want.

Connectify combines Wi-Fi, 4G into a superfast wireless pipe

Philadelphia startup Connectify has turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for its latest PC connection management project. It’s developing software that will allow a PC to aggregate multiple broadband connections, ranging from Wi-Fi to 4G, into a single a high-bandwidth link.

Facebook and Twitter: Welcome to the new platform wars

The way Facebook and Twitter have been controlling and/or closing down their platforms to outsiders may have parallels to the way other technology leaders have behaved in the past, but both companies need to be careful that they don’t ruin their platforms in the process.

With WAC’s demise carriers look for API alternatives

Mobile operators big ambition to expose a common global API to developers has evaporated, but carriers are still searching for that holy grail — relevance to the developer community. Carriers are signing their own API deals and launching new standards efforts, but ultimately they’ll be disappointed.

Bright turns to Facebook to link job hunters

Applying for jobs may be a process that’s moved mostly online, but the fact is, many folks still like to hire people they know. Job search startup Bright hopes to use Facebook connect to let you find jobs open at the companies your friends work for.

Speech recognition anyone? AT&T opens up Watson API

Look out Nuance. there’s a new speech recognition player in town, AT&T. Ma Bell has taken the locks off of its Watson speech application programming interfaces, allowing any developer to use them to add voice commands and natural language understanding to their apps.

Don’t use that open API — it could be a trap!

Facebook’s shutdown of the Face.com API and Twitter’s increasing clampdown on its API reinforce the lesson that “open” APIs can be very appealing, but they can also become a lot less open over time — and developers and users can get trapped in the middle.

Facebook takes the like button to mobile partners

Facebook announced Thursday that mobile developers using the company’s API will now be able to cleanly integrate Facebook’s iconic like button into their design, allowing users to perform the equivalent of a “like” within another app and then cross-posting that action to Facebook.

How to reconcile the shares data problem (part two of two)

According to Parse.ly CEO Sachin Kamdar, the problem with shares data is solvable. And as accurate social data becomes increasingly important, the first publisher to fully take advantage of this information will reap massive benefits and potentially reinvent how editorial decisions are made.

The API-ificiation of software – and LEGOs

Although the majority of API attention has centered on consumer Web services, an emerging cadre of startups are focused on infrastructure and business processes. Robin Vasan, managing director at the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund, gives an overview of the potential infrastructure categories and disruptive companies.

Holy moly: Netflix clocks 42B API requests per month

Netflix saw close to 42 billion API requests in January. The company originally released its API with third-party developers and their quirky mashups in mind, but these days, most of these requests come from Netflix’s own apps on mobile and connected devices.

Platforms: Cambrian explosion or Devonian extinction?

Apps are undergoing a “Cambrian explosion” of availability, and the new place of business is on the buyer’s device. In order to avoid extinction, businesses need to evolve into platforms. Sam Ramji of Apigee lays out a game plan for survival.

Google+ redesign foreshadows app platform

Google gave its Google+ platform a significant facial lift Wednesday morning, simplifying access to some of its core functions with a new sidebar. Right now, it only hosts a half dozen Google+ shortcuts, but eventually, it could be come a launchpad for third-party apps.

Apigee buys Usergrid, shifts focus to mobile

Apigee, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based API management platform and services company is buying San Francisco-based Usergrid, as part of its increasing focus on the mobile app business as the web shifts to a mobile-first development model. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

HipGeo wants to add location tracking everywhere

HipGeo is an iPhone app that passively tracks your location and can easily turn your trips into travel diaries. On Thursday, the company will release its first public API and location widgets so that any application or website can mimic some of HipGeo’s geo-location features.

Don’t think of it as a newspaper — it’s a data platform

Many newspapers still think of themselves as delivering content in a specific format, but some forward-thinking outlets — including USA Today and The Guardian in Britain — are thinking of themselves more as platforms, and opening up their content for use by others via their APIs.

In SaaS, you can’t assimilate, so integrate

In the world of Software as a Service, integration is critical. It gets small SaaS providers in front of new potential customers already predisposed to buying cloud-based services, and it gives individual SaaS vendors a fighting chance against large software vendors with lots of products and salespeople.

Diffbot helps apps read the web like humans

Diffbot is trying help developers build apps that read the web like humans. The company’s technology uses visual learning robotics and artificial intelligence to view web content visually, helping apps analyze web data like humans. The company is releasing its first APIs to developers today.

Instagram tops 10,000 developers using Foursquare API

More than 10,000 developers behind some of the hottest mobile apps are using Foursquare’s application programming interface to tap into its location and places database, the company said Friday. The most popular apps running on Foursquare’s API include Instagram, Tweetdeck and Gowalla.

After developer outcry, Facebook softens app spam controls

Last month, Facebook came under fire for enacting new spam controls that disabled developer apps without prior notification. Facebook has softened its spam control policy and is now giving developers tools with more insight into when their apps are setting off spam alarms.

For today’s business, the API is the new website

In recent years, the increasing abundance of open APIs have changed the way companies do business — in a major way. Some even say that a company having an API today is just as common, and important, as having a website in the year 2000.

Not All Network Effects Are Created Equal

Markets with network effects tend to have explosive growth, and part of the excitement driving LinkedIn’s IPO last week comes from investors associating social media with that principle. But assessing the competitive positions of social media companies depends on knowing which network effects are actually present.

Atoms, Not Apps, Will Power the Next-Gen Phones

Applications represent a gigantic leap forward in terms of mobile functionality. They have opened up new ways of accessing data, connecting to services, and interacting with people. Why, though, are mobile applications so dumb as to what is going on in the rest of your phone?

Why Twitter Would Be Smart to Buy Tweetdeck

According to a news report, Twitter is in talks to acquire the U.K.-based developer of Tweetdeck for as much as $50 million. Although the deal could obviously still go off the rails, buying Tweetdeck would be a smart move for Twitter on a number of levels.

LinkedIn’s New Platform Is All About Identity

Last week, LinkedIn unveiled an upgraded version of its platform to developers. The professional social network is trying to establish itself as the source for professional profiles, and with 100 million users and an upcoming IPO, what are its chances of finally sealing up this role?

LinkedIn and Facebook: Personal Vs. Professional in the Identity Wars

LinkedIn has launched a series of website plugins that effectively duplicate the features of the “open graph” platform Facebook launched last year — a move that throws the business-oriented network into what looks like head-to-head competition with Facebook for the clicks and identities of web users.

With APIs It’s Caveat Structor – Developer Beware

Twitter unleashed a firestorm of concern and criticism last week with a change to its API policy for apps that enable users to read and write tweets. But this is always the case with platforms – they focus on what is core, and over time that grows.

Amazon, Lendle and the Danger of Using Open APIs

Ebook-lending service Lendle, whose access to the Amazon API was just cut off, has become the latest poster child for a simple maxim: Building your service on top of someone else’s API — no matter how “open” it is — can be a very dangerous road.

The Building Blocks for a Successful API Strategy

There are common patterns in API programs that succeed – in planning, management, and organization. Programs that fail have commonalities too. Here’s a nine-box model for API program management that helps track how both strategy and execution must come together to build a successful API effort.

Are APIs the New Black?

As we build technology into everything, creating entertainment, recommendation services and applications that can deliver whatever we need at the moment we ask, a new breed of application is being born, and the currency of this new breed of application is the application programming interface.

Netflix API Redesign May Mean A Smoother Netflix Experience

Netflix is currently looking at redesigning its API to improve performance for the hundreds of streaming devices now using the service — thanks to a sharp uptick in requests and inefficient software interactions. What this means for users? A potentially speedier and smoother streaming experience.

Jan. 25: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

It’s a cloud grab bag, with everything from Amazon Web Services’ new Simple Email Service to debate over cloud APIs to VMware warning that profit margins will stay about the same through 2011. The unifying theme is the steady maturation of cloud technologies and pricing models.

Netflix’s 3 Secrets to UI Innovation

Is the Netflix interface on your PS3 looking a little funny these days? Then you might have been chosen to participate in an A/B test of new UIs for connected devices, made possible by innovative use of technologies like HTML5 as well as the Netflix API.

Facebook Avoids Google’s Data Stick — For Now

Last week, Google changed the way it allows third-party services to pull the info from your address book automatically, in what was a clear shot at Facebook’s closed approach to such data. Now the giant social network seems to have found a way around the blockage.

Using APIs: Not Quite as Hard as it Looks

Using the APIs really isn’t as hard to use as people seem to think. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can make use of APIs (perhaps to gather data, or to carry out some automation) with no programming.

USA Today Latest Media Co. to Realize Open is Better

USA Today is the latest media company to open up its data via an API, the software interface that makes it easy for developers to use another company’s data in applications. The newspaper joins a group that includes The Guardian, the New York Times and NPR.

Guardian Says It Needs to Become an Open Platform

While newspapers like the New York Times are putting up paywalls, The Guardian in Britain is not only giving its content away to readers but to developers, too, through its open API. Developer Chris Thorpe says the idea is to turn the paper into a platform.