Part of Dropbox for Business
Dropbox is rolling out a new feature called Groups and a related API that should make it easier for businesses to manage…
Both for old and new phones
One of the ways Google keeps Android fresh on a regular basis is by updating Google Play Services on handsets. This approach…
Authy is now part of Twilio
Twilio, the cloud-based communication service provider that lets developers craft messaging applications, is buying security startup Authy for an undisclosed price. As part…
Collaboration is the new cloud
As this past summer showed, all the big cloud players are gung-ho on workplace collaboration. After all, if you’re already storing tons…
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.
The industrial IoT is messy, and early adopters should be ready for some DIY before platforms emerge.
Netflix is shuttering its public API today, effectively ending support for a number of third-party apps that made use of the API to get TV and movie show titles as well as other data from the streaming service.
Google has posted notice on the Wallet developer site that it is shutting down the API powering digital goods purchases on web and mobile internet sites on March 2.
The internet of things doesn’t need proprietary software and M2M platforms, it needs developers. The key isn’t the things, but the data these things generate and the applications that will be built on top of them.
Sportscaster ESPN (S DIS) is getting ready to shut down its public API. ESPN’s API team announced this week that it won’t…
Startup Keen IO has a plan to become the premier platform for developers that want to analyze their data — a plan that doesn’t include being absorbed into the fold of a larger, less-innovative company. Now, it has $11.3 million from Sequoia Capital to help its cause.
Nest is opening up its API for developers at long last starting with integrations from Chamberlain, LIFX, Whirlpool and more. Check out its ideas and see where it needs to go.
Fear of litigation may have prevented cloud providers from adopting AWS APIs to begin with and today’s Oracle ruling may have proved them prescient.
Runscope, a startup providing API debugging tools for developers and enterprises, has raised $6M in first found funding led by General Catalyst Partners.
Life360 extends its family geo-location capabilities to IFTTT’s internet-of-things recipe library. Now IFTTT can trigger events not just based on the actions of a user, but also on the collective actions of a whole family.
The trend toward delivering ever more complicated processes as services is well established in the computing world, but CircuitHub wants to bring it into product manufacturing.
Watches, garages and data privacy are all topics of discussion in this weeks podcast featuring The Pebble Steel, a connected garage door opener and Sam Ramji of Apigee discussing business models for the internet of things.
API specialist Apigee has acquired a predictive analytics startup called InsightsOne. The companies say the goal is to connect enterprise data and APIs to help predict business outcomes and serve up insights.
Gracenote is about to release a new API that will allow anyone to build their own Pandora-like personalized online radio offering.
The company behind many popular cable home automation systems is opening up to outside devices and developers. For now, a limited number of devices work with iControl’s OpenHome Partner Program, but it’s a start.
The key challenge that comes with the shift to using APIs as an extension of their enterprise IT is choosing the right deployment model. Here’s a look at some popular ones.
Android cameras are set to get a lot better, starting with the Nexus 5, thanks to a new API.
Uncovered code suggests that Google has been at work on a new camera API that might bring RAW image support to Android phones, among other new features.
TapTap-creator Woodenshark is one of several startups aiming to turn the connected wristband from a mere recorder of activity into a device that can communicate and control other apps through gesture and touch.
Google is removing the velvet ropes from its white spaces database in the U.S. Any device maker can now search their locales for unused TV frequencies and stake a claim on those airwaves.
The rise of APIs as a source for web services and data means that developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel on every feature — they can source it from an API. This trend brings about the composable enterprise.
You won’t need to find or install browser plug-ins much longer in Google Chrome. The company is starting to eliminate support on January 1, 2014 as HTML5 and other web technologies alleviate the need for plug-ins.
Gnip, one of a handful of companies with direct access to the Twitter firehose, is now letting its customers query 30 days worth of tweets via a new search API. CEO Chris Moody describes it as fast delivery on small data.
Learning thermostat startup Nest Labs launched a developer program and a web API on Wednesday. The company made the comments at the…
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.
Plaid, a startup seeking to give developers access to financial data has raised $2.8 million. With services like Plaid we could see the emergence of a new breed of Quicken-like products or new connected devices.
Facebook has partnered with Shutterstock to bring good-looking stock images to its flagging ad stacks.
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.…
The Swedish reverse-lookup phone directory service, which recently invited third-party developers to access its databases, is on a roll. And India continues to provide the company’s most fertile ground for growth.
On June 4 IBM acquired cloud computing infrastructure provider SoftLayer. This report analyzes the deal and discusses how the greater IT ecosystem will be affected and the benefits and challenges IBM now faces.
The reverse-lookup service is now available to developers who can find a use for it, although users should rest assured that telemarketing operations won’t gain access to this treasure trove of numbers.
The London-based backend-as-a-service outfit thinks not enough mobile developers are considering the opportunities afforded by opening up their apps’ data to other apps, and it wants to help.
Figuring out which titles are going expire soon on Netflix just got a lot harder: The company changed its public API Monday night to prevent this information from popping up on third-party websites.
Don’t like the lay of the API land now? Wait a second, it’s gonna change as companies snap up API management expertise and other relevant resources.
Last week it was Intel buying Mashery, now it’s CA buying Layer 7. Both Mashery and Layer 7 are in the business of managing application programming interfaces.
We’re connecting cars, homes and ourselves. Why not our pets? A lot of options are emerging to quantify and manage the activities of our furry friends, but there are still obstacles to creating a true internet of pets.
MuleSoft wants to push its Anypoint Platform as the Switzerland of application integration,and now it has $37 million to promote that vision.
YouTube is getting rid of a promotional platform that was meant to offer easy access to third-party video editing apps – and that step irks at least one of YouTube’s partners.
Facebook’s decision to block Yandex’s app for being a ‘search engine’ – something Yandex disputes – is final, so the Russian outfit has pulled back for now.
App.net plans to launch a file storage API on Monday, allowing developers to build apps that use photos or files in their products, which are hosted by the users connected to their App.net accounts. Users will start with 10 GB of space to host information.
Twitter added nine new companies to its Certified Products Program on Thursday, highlighting companies in the areas of marketing and analytics as companies it looks to partner with.
The internet of things will be big… eventually. But first companies will have to navigate rapidly changing technology ecosystems and perhaps fight for access to the data to make their devices worth with others. What we need are open ecosystems akin to Android.
The web has thoroughly infiltrated the political process, much like TV did in the 1960s. A series of posts on how the Obama team managed to analyze data, format its emails and now, build a fundraising API are showing how much web savvy and infrastructure matters.
Competitive advantage used to come from using pricey enterprise applications to create operational efficiencies. Ross Mason of MuleSoft says SaaS and APIs have killed that model, and the future belongs to companies that integrate applications to discover new business models.
Twitter has been restricting the ways in which external services can use its API, and has also said that it plans to launch curation tools for journalists — both of which could potentially affect Storify’s future. But co-founder Burt Herman says the company isn’t afraid.
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.
API love is all fine and dandy. But successful application programming interfaces should have a real — and measurable — business value, according to API experts speaking at GigaOM Structure Europe on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
OpenSignal has collected 2.5 billion signal strength measurements from networks around the world. Now its collecting $1.3 million from a triad of investors to help it put all of that crowdsourced data to use.
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, 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?
As Twitter shuts off the access that services like Instagram and Tumblr used to have to its valuable “follower graph,” it is also promoting the new relationships it has with media players like NBC. Between them, those two moves speak volumes about the company’s future.
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 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.
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.
What does Twitter’s new API version mean for developers? Thursday’s news that the company would place new restrictions on its API elicited quite the response on Twitter itself.
Twitter announced Thursday that it will be rolling out changes and restrictions to its API in the coming weeks, providing third-party developers with greater clarification on its earlier warnings.
A Y Combinator company called Filepicker.io wants to change the world of accessing cloud-stored content by giving developers the power to connect their apps to everywhere users store content. And because the service deals in URLs rather than files, a slow mobile network won’t kill it.
Most critics of Dalton Caldwell’s App.net project seem to see it as a replacement for Twitter, only with users paying for the service rather than advertisers. But what the service really wants to be is a central messaging bus and open ecosystem for the social web.
Is the world ready for a paid alternative to Twitter? Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell thinks so, and his App.net project hit its fundraising goals ahead of schedule, showing that at least some folks are ready for a more open, ad-free service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wholesale Application Community (WAC) will go down in mobile history as one of the most ambitious, but failed, attempts at collaboration by our dear telco friends. Locaid’s CEO Rip Gerber explains why these powerful carriers — all facing common threats — couldn’t get their WAC together.
Looking to find your Twitter friends on Instagram? Not so fast. Twitter’s move to block Instagram users from connecting with friends through the API comes with changes in Twitter’s attitude toward developers.
Want to get a great workout from your couch? Well uses webcams and the OpenTok video player API to let customers book and hold sessions with personal trainers from pretty much anywhere they can get a wifi signal.
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.
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 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.
In a move that suggests Google is coming to see itself as a content owner, the company is threatening legal action against sites that let users strip audio from YouTube videos and play them as stand-alone audio clips.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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 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.
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 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 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.
Twilio, which provides a service so companies and web services can add voice or SMS to their menu of options, now will offer developers the option to use all IP communications as well as the old-school phone and mobile networks.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Jobs joked about MobileMe when he announced iCloud, noting that it wasn’t the company’s “finest hour.” The new iCloud, instead, looks to be a major improvement, without automatic syncing between devices. And it’s free, for the core product at least.
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.
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?
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.
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?
You don’t need to be a software developer or hardcore techie to use APIs. In fact, some web APIs, like the Twitter API, are relatively easy to use, and you can use them get access to useful and otherwise hidden data.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
You may have heard, a company called RockMelt announced a browser last week, even calling it a “social browser.” Thanks in part to Marc Andreessen’s VC firm funding it, the product got a lot of media attention. Big deal. Browsers don’t matter anymore. Here’s why not.
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 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 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.
It’s very easy to wind up with very different tools for tasks like project management, customer relationship management and team communication. That can mean spending time copying information from one tool to another, and constantly having to switch from one tool to another.
As your team and your projects evolve, it’s easy to find yourself in a position where tweaking your tools would make life a lot easier. If you choose tools with APIs, you’ll have far more options in terms of tweaking down the road.
The Guardian isn’t the tech-savvy enterprise one would normally look to for guidance on digital issues or Internet-related topics. But the 190-year-old newspaper company is doing something revolutionary with its business, and it’s worth looking at what that is and what lessons other companies might be able to learn from those changes.
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.
Kids, stay in school! At least if you’re at NYU’s IPT program, that is, because its students can actually get credits for…
I’ve had a rant building up for a few weeks. A rant about developer’s treatment at the hands of the App Store…
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PayPal is opening up substantial parts of its global transactional engine, extending the open platform dubbed “PayPal X,” company executives announced this…