Facebook introduced Payer Promotions earlier this year, an API that helps developers get players to pay more in games by offering special discounts and offers to specific users on a game’s virtual currency. Facebook has now launched a new API that determines whether a user is eligible for the Payer Promotion offered in the game.
Facebook is making it easier for developers to encourage their users to take advantage of free virtual credits. Amazon is creating a new class of consultants from its new partner network. Plus: ZenDesk gets a new API, Gumroad launches officially and 10 new APIs.
Facebook added a new feature to its Facebook Credits API that allows developers to download reports regarding payments in their Facebook applications. The payment reports are generated daily by Facebook. Up until now, developers had been receiving payment reports via email.
From Polaroid that threatened film developing to Apple that eliminated keyboards on phones, a class of killer innovation thrives on what it destroys. Now comes Cloudtop with the next why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? transformation, Filepicker.io, out to destroy downloads and “make the upload button obsolete,” according to the founders, Anand Dass, Liyan David Chang, Brett van Zuiden and Thomas Georgiou.
Facebook only announces breaking changes to the Facebook API once per month, but this one is a doozy. Netflix explains its approach to the Netflix API and how it’s blurring the line between client and server. Plus: Washington Post tweets API-first, AT&T shares Watson API and “Twitter is a Corporate API.”
Facebook is closing down the Face.com API for facial detection and recognition. It follows a long line of API euthanasia from the social network. Expect Face.com’s technology to be integrated into Facebook itself and the great domain name otherwise repurposed. As for Face.com’s 45,000+ developers? Sorry Charlie.
Facebook’s email address problems continue and now the company is blaming its own Facebook API. A local search company is offering a big monthly prize for mixing up APIs. Plus: the myth of cloud computing standards, Amazon outages and 13 new APIs.
Highwire helps retailers achive multi-channel selling through ebay, Facebook, and Google. To design a store, you can use Highwire templates or prebuilt themes, as well as your own HTML.Then, you can use the Highwire API that comes in two versions. The HTML flavor allows you to customize your store with a simple templating engine. The REST API allows you to connect your store on Highwire to a larger third party application or to write your own custom plug-ins.The RESTful API accepts and responds with both XML and JSON-formatted data.
Strutta provides a platform to “engage your audience and convert fans to customers.” It does this by launching and managing contests, sweepstakes, coupons, promotions, and by providing the Strutta API. For example, Crate & Barrel ran a wedding contest to drive couples to set up their wedding registries at the company, and featured friends and families of the contestants voting on the results to generate increased customer involvement.