APIs are at the heart of a new initiative aimed at giving the U.S. government the agility and flexibility needed to serve today’s citizens, communities and businesses. The White House’s General Services Administration (GSA) has established “18F,” a new department aimed at providing open source tools and demonstrating new ways of working with entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver digital services to government agencies, businesses and citizens.
3Scale launches free APItools for enhancing APIs. Amazon Web Services and Twitter called out by Greenpeace for using dirty energy. Plus: Google releases its Prediction API to public, TTM’s RESTjee software expedites APIs in remote data access, and 5 new APIs.
Social Data has become critical to developing business strategies, marketing brands and products, and gaining insights into consumers’ thought processes and buying patterns. The availability of real-time social data, along with the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS), has led to the development of platforms that provide business-critical social data on demand. Many platforms not only provide access to streams of social data, but incorporate business intelligence (BI) technologies and analytics capabilities as well.
Ubidots’s API makes capturing sensor data easy. Hacker League bought by Intel, to merge with recently acquired Mashery. Plus: Instagram blocks competitor Mobili from its API, and Senzari launches the first music knowledge engine.
APImetrics has announced the launch of the APImetrics API Performance Test Solution, a new kind of end-to-end API testing and monitoring service that tests an API’s functionality and speed of response using complex, authenticated API calls. Most API testing services typically check to see if an API is online by pinging the API address and then reporting the latency of the ping. Using API calls allows the APImetrics service to provide comprehensive monitoring and analysis of the actual performance of APIs.
Pinterest reveals more about its API. Amazon Web Services launches CloudTrail for user visibility tracking. Plus: Twitter announces timelines for hashtags, APIMetrics offers service to monitor API performance, and 10 new APIs.
With winners announced and organizers now regrouping to analyze the next stages, the Novartis mHealth Challenge – held last weekend in San Francisco and giving away over $40,000 in prize money – has demonstrated that for developers looking to aggregate APIs together into a health-focused, consumer-facing end-product, there is still plenty of room to enter the growing market. ProgrammableWeb spoke to Cheryl Cheng, one of the organizers of the hackathon and winners from Sense.ly to see what other API developers can learn from the outcomes.
YouTube continues to grow, doubling its subscription rate year after year. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In other words, that is almost 2 hours of video every second! With over 6 billion hours of video being watched each month it becomes apparent that YouTube is stronger than ever. On the developer side we continue to see YouTube as a focal point. This week we will take a look at recent mashups utilizing the YouTube API.
Sometimes what is happening now is not as important as what happened then. I am speaking of the past and how it can help you piece events together. This what makes Gnip’s newest Twitter search API so powerful.