Today in APIs: Twitter’s New API Rules Claim Another Victim, Spotlight on SoundCloud Developer Evangelist Paul Osman and 16 New APIs

Wendell Santos, September 13th, 2012

SoundCloudDue to Twitter’s new API rules, Twimbo announces they will no longer support their application. An interview with SoundCloud Developer Evangelist Paul Osman. Plus: Bing Ads API gets a new feature, WatchDox releases an SDK for iPad and iPhone and 16 new APIs.

Web App Developer Twimbo Folds After Being Unable to Meet Twitter’s New API Rules

Twitter’s new API rules have caused pain for many developers and left them wondering whether it is viable to continue developing on top of the Twitter platform. Today, Twimbow, a Web application that helps social network users organize and communicate with their friends announced that they would no longer continue. According to chief executive officer Luca Filigheddu:

The main problem is that Twitter will impose a cap of 100,000 user tokens in v1.1 of the API, without exceptions. Twimbow tried to find a work-around to keep its service running viably, but Filigheddu says there was simply no way.

The story goes on to mention that Twitter chat service Bonfire also announced that it is the latest in a line of apps that will shut down.

Interview With Paul Osman, Developer Evangelist, SoundCloud

Yahoo Developer Network recently sat down with SoundCloud Developer Evangelist, Paul Osman to discuss his role and upcoming news for the company. Soundcloud provides an audio platform that enables users to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds across the Internet.

SoundCloud will partner with P2PU and Mashery for the upcoming Story Hack Boston on September 29th.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

16 New APIs

This week we had 16 new APIs added to our API directory including a personalized learning service, statistical data modelling tool, japanese dictionary service, credit card account validation service, merchant data lookup service, paypass functionality on mobile devices, mastercard account top up service, tennis facility database service, wordpress hosting and management service, file sharing service, weather forecasting service, medical diagnosis service, email database scrubbing service, pirate speak translator, merchandise warranty platform, reverse ip address look up. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

ATutor TransformableATutor Transformable API: ATutor is a Web-based Learning Content Management System. The software gives users access to a variety of features including student profiles, collaborative groups, file storage, messaging, content tracker, social networking and more.

Transformable is a learning object repository that supports complete customization of the learning content to create interoperable, accessible, adaptive learning content. The API allows users to search the repository by keywords. The API can also be used to lookup URLs for viewing, downloading, importing and exporting courses. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Collins IndicateCollins Indicate API: Collins Indicate is an online tool that lets customers use data to search for trends, analyze results, create visual graphics and share with colleagues. Statistical data can be imported, created, displayed and exported down to a subnational level. The data can be used to create maps, timeline graphs, regional comparisons, ranking tables and more. The Indicate API allows users to query statistical data from a range of key indicators and use it in third party applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML, JSON, KML, PNG and JPEG.

EAST Web Dictionary SearchEAST Web Dictionary Search API: EAST is a Tokyo-based software developer that specializes in providing Windows-based solutions for a variety of businesses. EAST has also been a leading developer of Japanese language processing solutions such as dictionaries and fonts.

One such solution is a web dictionary search service. Using XML-based SOAP calls, users can get a list of available dictionaries, get a dictionary's table of contents, retrieve dictionary entries, and search one dictionary for a single entry.

The website and all documentation are provided in Japanese. Only some parts of the main website are provided with English translations.

MasterCard Lost-Stolen Account ListMasterCard Lost-Stolen Account List API: The MasterCard Developer Zone opens up MasterCard's financial and data services allowing developers to create applications that interact with MasterCard's global network.

The Lost-Stolen Account List API helps users manage their risk by providing a list of lost/stolen account numbers. This lets ecommerce providers to validate accounts against known accounts that have been reported as lost or stolen. The API returns account status along with a reason for an account being listed. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

MasterCard Merchant IdentifierMasterCard Merchant Identifier API: The MasterCard Developer Zone opens up MasterCard's financial and data services allowing developers to create applications that interact with MasterCard's global network.

Merchant Identifier is a tool that returns merchant data based on the merchant name supplied by the user. This data include DBA name, Merchant Category Code (MCC), street address, city, state, postal code, country, and sales channels. The API lets users display this information within their own websites or applications. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

MasterCard MOTAPSMasterCard MOTAPS API: The MasterCard Developer Zone opens up MasterCard's financial and data services allowing developers to create applications that interact with MasterCard's global network.

The MasterCard Over-the-Air Provisioning Service (MOTAPS) provides a way for issuers to extend their PayPass product portfolios by securely transferring the cardholder’s payment account information, via a Mobile Network Operator (MNO), into the cardholder’s Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled mobile phone. The cardholder is then able to use the mobile phone as a standalone PayPass device.

The MOTAPS API gives issuers an interface to check the eligibility of a consumer mobile device and then initiate provisioning, personalization, and life cycle management requests. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

MasterCard rePowerMasterCard rePower API: The MasterCard Developer Zone opens up MasterCard's financial and data services allowing developers to create applications that interact with MasterCard's global network.

The MasterCard rePower Load Network provides consumers with a way to add funds to their eligible MasterCard prepaid account. Users can deposit at various points including merchant point of sale (POS), an ATM, or a mobile device. The API lets merchants offer customers the ability to use rePower and also lets merchants reverse any transfers. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

nNetis Tennis DatabasenNetis Tennis Database API: nNetis provides a database of tennis courts, tennis clubs, and tennis shops around the country. The data is presented in map form with details including, number of courts at the location, if the courts have lights, if it is indoor, what type of court it is, if the location has a pro shop and what services the shop offers. The nNetis Tennis Database API enables users to utilize the facility database on third-party websites. Examples usages include adding a search box to find local courts or adding a localized facility map. The API is JSON based and free of charge within reasonable usage limits.

Pagely PartnerPagely Partner API: Pagely is a hosting and management service for WordPress sites. Pagely hosts WordPress sites and manages WordPress updates and other technical aspects of WordPress site management.

The Pagely Partner API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Pagely with other applications. Some example API methods include managing accounts, managing domains, and managing account and billing information.

PirateUploadPirateUpload API: PirateUpload is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and download files to and from the PirateUpload community. The PirateUpload API enables users to get file information, and upload files. An API key is required to use the API.

Previmeteo WeatherPrevimeteo Weather API: Previmeteo is a weather forecasting service. The site offers local and regional forecasts, weather maps, satellite images, a weather dashboard widget, XML data, weather alerts by SMS, fax or emails and more. The API gives users an alternative to the since deprecated Google Weather API. It offers the same functionality as the Google Weather API but connects to the Previmeteo weather forecasting service. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

PromedasPromedas API: Promedas provides a clinical expertise system to medical professionals. The Promedas API can be integrated into existing medical systems that contain a patient file database. Using this data, Promedus can provide a differential diagnosis based on the data contained in a patient's file. The API is currently in a developer beta. To access the API, contact Promedas.

Quickie Marketing ScrubQuickie Marketing Scrub API: The Quickie Marketing Scrub service is an email verification service that allows users to verify safe,real, and deliverable email addresses. The API is available in the standard Scrub API format and also an FTP format for bulk uploads. The API works in real-time and will scrubs up to 100 MB of data per day.The Service takes REST calls and returns XML.

Talk Like A Pirate TranslationTalk Like A Pirate Translation API: The Talk Like A Pirate Translation API allows users to submit text and get the translation to pirate speak in return. The default return format is txt but JSON and XML are also options. The Pirate translations are pulled from Tom Crouchers YQL table in the yahoo developer's blog section.

Warranty HotelWarranty Hotel API: Warranty Hotel is a platform that allows users to store all of their warranties in one place. Businesses and retailers can sign up with Warranty Hotel for their warranties to be stored with Warranty Hotel so users can access them at the site.

The Warranty Hotel API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Warranty Hotel with other applications. Some example API methods include uploading and managing warranties, searching warranties, and transferring warranties. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

whatisonip.com whatisonip.com API: whatisonip.com is a reverse IP address lookup service with a large database of over 159M domains updated weekly. The API functionality offers 3 methods of extracting data from the site: information related to the sites hosted on a single IP address, information related to the sites hosted on a C Class of IP addresses, and information about the sites that share the same reverse DNS. This allows users to find blacklisted IP addresses, IP address location, and information about what sites run on a certain IP address or IP address class. The API envelopes basic HTTP calls and XML responses.

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