Here is an interview with Brandon Levy, Co Founder and CEO of Stitch Labs. The company recently raised $3.5 million in Series A financing and recently announced its latest integration partner, Vend, the top iPad point-of-sale (POS) software for retailers.
Most people — especially developers — don’t know or care about what Broadcom is. For decades however, some of the biggest brands in the industry (Apple, Samsung, Dell, etc.) have relied on the semiconductor maker to enable the computers and mobile devices they sell for network and GPS connectivity. If the company had a “Broadcom Inside” logo, you’d be shocked to learn how many devices could bear it.
There is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.
Lexity, marketing apps provider, has launched Commerce Central-an open commerce cloud platform for ecommerce services. Commerce Central allows developers to distribute and connect apps to more than thirty ecommerce platforms (e.g. Magento, Etsy, eBay, etc.). Seen as the first truly “open” commerce platform, Commerce Central allows developers to use the same code across multiple platforms.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 37 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 3dCart, Ambassador, BigCommerce, ChannelAdvisor, Endicia Label Server, Goodsie, Google Checkout, Google Storage, Highwire, MediaFire, Payvment, Sears, ShipStation, Volusion Shopping Cart and World Weather Online. The most often used APIs this week are DBpedia, eBay and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (12 APIs, 12 mashups), Shipping (5 APIs, 5 mashups) and Music (5 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
In the latest move in the API wars, Twitter disables Find Friends API off Instagram. Elsewhere, developers ask, Will OAuth 2 be the specification it was meant to be? Plus: eCommerce Hack Day comes to New York, Apply for a Knight-Mozilla Fellow and 10 New APIs.
Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
With Microsoft charging for Bing Search API and Google doing the same for high-volume Maps queries, 2012 is shaping up as the year the API graduates from cool technology to bona fide product. Increasingly, APIs are powering business models, revenue streams, and brand reach. From Klout to Instagram, at virtually every hot startup an API is central to the business plan.
New York City’s Digital Media scene is poised to get a boost with a new developer contest. NYC Media Lab has announced Media Mash 2012, a competition that asks developers and students to create mashup applications from data and APIs exposed by media and tech companies that belong to New York City. The developer contest carries a total prize money of $10,000.
How much of the content posted to Pinterest is from retail or e-commerce websites? How much money can they make off these links? These are hot questions right now. I’ll get to them, but first let’s back up. Recently journalists have had a field day in thinking they found some new, hidden secret within Pinterest because the pinterest.com website utilized SkimLinks service to monetize the user generated content (Pins). Well, Pinterest has been using SkimLinks since around the time they initially launched. I should also point out many other sites also use SkimLinks and don’t formally disclose it, as it can cause confusion to those uneducated in the affiliate space.