Watch Out for StealthModeWatch

Curtis C. Chen, September 20th, 2010

StealthModeWatchThere are no secrets on the Internet. And now, thanks to StealthModeWatch, it’s even easier for people to find your secrets–if you’re a company with outside investors. The service, which also includes an API, digs through public records to expose new investments and the people attached to them.

No Nuclear Option with Yahoo APIs

Justin Houk, September 3rd, 2010

Yahoo Mail ApplicationsHere at ProgrammableWeb we do things like read terms of use for fun. That’s just how we roll. We were perusing Yahoo! APIs Terms of Use when we stumbled on something that truly surprised us. Yahoo doesn’t want us using their API’s to operate nuclear facilities. Operating a nuclear facility through any Yahoo API is in fact grounds for having your license terminated. That’s not all we found.

Yahoo Okays Revenue Streams in its Social Streams

Adam DuVander, August 26th, 2010

Yahoo UpdatesYahoo has removed the commercial restrictions on Yahoo Updates API, its social streams service that provides real-time user activity data. In addition, Yahoo increased the usage limits to make the platform more viable for commercial websites.

Making Mobile Apps? Not With These APIs

Adam DuVander, July 28th, 2010

If you’re developing mobile websites or native apps, you’d better take a closer look at the fine print. Some APIs, including one from Amazon, specifically exclude mobile applications. And there’s not much explanation–or logic–behind the exclusions.

Find The Words With ChartLyrics Lyric API

Adam DuVander, January 4th, 2010

ChartLyrics LyricThe site claims a “huge collection of hit lyrics.” Your next music application can tap into the database with the new ChartLyrics Lyric API. You can use it to search in several ways and, more importantly, obtain the text that makes up the words to popular songs.

Should APIs Always Be Backwards Compatible?

Adam DuVander, September 14th, 2009

Last.fmDo you live in the now or keep a foot back in the past? Better yet, what should an API provider do?

At the end of July (our API profile) shut off some old API calls, to the disappointment of some mashup users and developers. The company had some good reasons, but it raises the question about what developers should expect, especially from free APIs.

Digg Gives Developers More Ways to Make Money

Andres Ferrate, June 18th, 2009

DiggPopular social news service Digg has announced some changes to its API (our Digg API Profile) that should make existing and prospective developers who use the API a bit happier.

Google Updates Terms of Service for the Google Maps API

Andres Ferrate, December 15th, 2008

Google MapsHere is some interesting news that may impact developers using the Google Maps API (our Google Maps API profile). Google has recently made a couple of updates to their terms of service and have posted the the new terms of service here. There was an initial update made in early November, but one that lead to some debate and confusion about a couple of points, which in turn to a subsequent update. The net result is that the terms of service have been streamlined and some previous restrictions have been removed, including a restriction on the use of Google Maps in desktop applications. Here’s a summary of the changes:

7 Million Patents via Google Patent Search API

John Musser, June 26th, 2008

Google Patent SearchThe new Google Patent Search API is now available and lets you search over 7 million patents via code. It is part of the AJAX Search API suite of content-specific Google search utilities such as book search, government search, code search and others.

Gambling, Sports Fixing, and APIs

John Musser, May 27th, 2008

BetfairHere’s an interesting online business you may not have heard of: Betfair. Who are they? They’re the world’s leading online betting exchange, a concept they helped pioneer back in 2000, and now have annual revenues over 180 million pounds Sterling.

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