The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), one of the oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organizations in the United States, has just announced the launch of the brand new VA Backlog API which allows anyone to access the VA backlog-related data available in the CIR database.
Mimecast released a new API that should provide richer eDiscovery. TechCrunch announced the schedule for its upcoming Disrupt NY conference. Plus: Tin Can API version 1.0 released, 3Scale raises $4.2 million to bolster its API management solutions, and 7 new APIs.
You have a hectic business trip to Seattle coming up and its time to choose hotels. Sure, there’s cost, availability, checkout times ad whether it has a pool or gym to consider. But there’s another important factor: proximity. The Travel Time API demo uses Seattle. See graphic below. You have 4 meetings scheduled over a couple of days: At Amazon’s headquarters, a drop in at Starbucks for a chat with a friend, meet at the headquarters of Walkscore, and then lastly at Zillow.
Earlier this year, Google informed the world of its API go to market strategy surrounding Project Glass. Google has initiated its strategy with a private beta for the API, as well as an API name: Google Mirror API. The Mirror API, now in beta, will allow developers to create experiences for Google Glass. Google gave a live demonstration and overview of Project Glass and the Mirror API at SXSW.
Plagiarism is a hot topic. The (ex) German Education Minister did it. George Harrison (yes, that one) did it. Jonah Lehrer, formerly of The New Yorker, did it (and got paid $20,000 for confessing!). As Pablo Picasso put it, “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” but so do lots of other people.
Challengepost is hosting a contest for apps that can end partisan gridlock in the US. Whether there’s an app for that depends on… you. The contest opened March 20 and submissions must be in by June 19, 2013 at 5 PM EST. There are two top prizes of $1,000 each with a total pool of $5,000. Judging criteria include: quality of the idea, implementation of the idea and UX, and potential impact.
Sociocast raised $1 million in funding from New York’s Raptor Ventures, bringing its total to nearly $6 million. As CEO and founder Albert Azout told Sean Ludwig at Venturebeat, the Prediction API is useful to advertising, social and gaming, retail, finance and government.
The Gray Lady is getting her code on. In Andre Behrens’s New York Times blog, Open, billed as “All the code that’s fit to printf(),” he recounts events on coding and science held in 2012. Two of the notable events were the well-attended one on Big Data and Smarter Scaling and their Open Source Science Fair.
Google has announced the release of a new version of the AdWords API (v201302) which includes many new features. Google has also announced that the next global AdWords API Workshop series will take place in March and April of this year.