Of all the markets being impacted by the booming API economy, perhaps none has seen as much activity and innovation as the payments space. The past several years have seen the launch of a number of disruptive and successful API-centric upstarts, including Stripe and Balanced. Meanwhile, entrenched players like PayPal and Verifone have responded with new offerings of their own.
Join ProgrammableWeb editor-in-chief David Berlind in San Francisco where he will be chairing the API Strategies Track at next week’s Apps World Conference at the Moscone Center. The agenda is packed with tons of prescriptive advice from some of the leading API practitioners and API management solution providers.
BigML, a cloud based machine learning platform that allows users to quickly build predictive models using small or big data, has announced the availability of the BigML Winter Release. The release features faster predictive models with MTree, a new development mode that allows users to run unlimited tasks up to 16MB for free, and new prediction strategies. The BigML Winter Release also includes new BigML API features, including dataset transformations, multi datasets, weighted models and an extra language called Flatline that allows for a new paradigm which BigML calls Programmatic Machine Learning.
The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.
Google Cloud Platform is positioning itself as a major player to help mobile developers get off the block fast. While the platform was complete in terms of its Compute Engine (IaaS), App Engine (PaaS) and cloud services (Storage, Big Query, etc), developers still had to do the work of connecting the pieces. If you were a mobile developer who wanted a quick starter application in the Google cloud, you had to figure out the pieces. Similarly, if you were looking to expose your app engine applications as a bunch of REST-based services that would scale to heavy loads and work across multiple mobile devices, you had to work on your application to do so.
Standard Treasury wants to bring banks up to speed with the modern era. The Silicon Valley startup is developing a white label collection of APIs and webhooks that will allow commercial banks to give customers access to core banking services in their apps and backends.
CityDeals.com, local/national deal and discount finder, enables developers to access its deals database via the CityDeals API. Third party apps can feature daily deals and discounts, or provide a searchable interface of CityDeals.com’s entire portfolio of discounts. CityDeals.com partners with retailers and service providers around the globe to provide an expansive offer of discounts applicable on a national scale or at the local level.
Of the many APIs we published this week, twelve were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those twelve, which include the SongMeanings API. SongMeanings is a social entertainment platform that allows users to follow their favorite artist and search/ debate the underlying lyrical meaning of songs. The site boasts over 1,800,000 licensed tracks, all of which encourage their users to contribute any lyrics the site does not have. The SongMeanings API makes the database accessible to developers who can retrieve song meanings by song ID numbers. To learn more about the SongMeanings API visit the SongMeanings site as well as the SongMeanings API blog post.
Balanced, online payments solutions provider, has launched a new API: Balanced Payouts. The new API allows developers to integrate next day ACH deposits into existing apps and web properties. The next day deposit functionality was previously available through Balanced’s full marketplace payments platform; however, after considering customer feedback, the company decided to offer the functionality as a standalone product.