Can Developers use APIs and Data Tools like Import.io to Create Commercial Products?

Mark Boyd, December 19th, 2013

Startups that want to design innovative products and services using data that’s accessible via the web now have better data mining tools, thanks in part to startups like the award-winning import.io. Meanwhile, the recent settlement between U.S. startup People+ and AOL around accessing the entire Crunchbase database via API for a Google Glass app means there could be greater clarity for startups around data usage rights when creating commercial ventures. ProgrammableWeb spoke with import.io co-founder and chief data officer Andrew Fogg and Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss commercial trends in data scraping and developer rights in using data via APIs for business product design.


Today in APIs: Google Glass Native Development Kit, karmadata Announces Launch of the Indicate Investigators App, and 4 new APIs

Eric Carter, November 8th, 2013

Google offers the Mirror API for development of most Google Glass Applications; however, a Native Development Kit has been announced to give developers more tools for their Glass-related efforts. karmadata has announced the Indicate Investigators app: the first published app built entirely with the karmadata API. Plus: AOL cracks down on a startup for CrunchBase data, and 4 new APIs.


531 Reference APIs: GeoNames, Wikipedia and CrunchBase

Wendell Santos, July 31st, 2013

GeoNamesOur API directory now includes 531 reference APIs. The newest is the CanLII API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 88 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of reference APIs.


Today in APIs: CrunchBase API, Viralheat Developer Center, and 12 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, February 27th, 2013

CrunchBaseCrunchBase is taking steps to develop its API into a “full-fledged product.” Viralheat announced a new developer center and a new API to go along with it. Plus: the automated perks of an API, Samsung Android Wallet app Has API in Beta, and 12 new APIs.


Today In APIs: Google Places API Challenge Winners, New Admob API and 9 New APIs

Romin Irani, February 15th, 2013

Google PlacesGoogle Places Developer API Challenge announces winners. Admob API new release asks developers to upgrade to newer API by March to continue serving Ads. Plus:  mGive, Twilio and Heroku join forces to launch Hotline to save The Poet of El Barrio and 09 new APIs.


Open Spreety: Find it All, Watch it Free, Watch it Legal, A TV Guide for the Internet

Greg Bates, November 20th, 2012

Open SpreetyThe Open Spreety API sticks a TV and a TV guide in your program. According to the API webpage, you can have users search for shows by title, genre, and by the decade the show was produced, among other criteria. Despite all the pay walls and cable costs, Open Spreety says there is so much free content out there from  the mainstream media that viewers can get lost in the forest of choices.


Maluuba Introduces Natural Language Understanding API, Bringing Voice Recognition Technology to Third-Party Apps

Janet Wagner, November 15th, 2012

Maluuba Natural LanguageMaluuba is a company that has created a patent-pending, voice recognition and language engine. According to Crunchbase, Samsung Ventures funded $2 million to Maluuba in February 2012, and the Maluuba language engine “is a product of two years of advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning and linguistics.” Yesterday, Maluuba announced the introduction of a preview alpha release of what the company describes as the “first of its kind” natural language understanding API (nAPI).


Today in APIs: Crunchbase, Factual and 15 New APIs

Adam DuVander, September 24th, 2012

CrunchBaseThe Crunchbase API is getting an upgrade and now requires API keys. Factual added a bunch of new data in the US and globally to its Factual Places API. Plus: OpenStreetMap funding for MapBox, Klout as a business and 15 new APIs.


443 Enterprise APIs: LinkedIn, Salesforce and FedEx

Wendell Santos, September 19th, 2012

LinkedInOur API directory now includes 443 enterprise APIs. The newest is the Swift-Kanban API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LinkedIn API. We list 48 LinkedIn mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of enterprise APIs.


Loggly Announces Double-Down Investment Round

Garrett Wilkin, July 17th, 2012

LogglyLoggly has just secured a new round of funding for its event-logging Loggly API. The company added $5.7 million which more than doubles the $4.7 million total from series A & B investment rounds.  This round introduces a new investment partner, Matrix Ventures, as well as a new CEO Charlie Oppenheimer and CTO Jim Nisbet.  Oppenheimer hails from Matrix Ventures where he served as an executive in residence.


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