Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
On April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, became the law of the land in the United States. The JOBS Act, which contains significant reforms to long-standing rules around the sale of securities, is expected by many to completely reshape the way startups raise capital.
BitPay, virtual currency payment processor, has announced a beta trial for its new Bitcoin Payroll API. The API allows employers to offer a portion of employee pay in bitcoin.Targeted at employers and payroll service providers, the API allows employees to opt-in to receive a payroll deduction in bitcoin on a recurring basis.
Last year, the Executive branch of the US government made huge strides in opening up government controlled data to the developer community. Projects such as the Open Data Policy and the Machine Readable Executive Order have led the US government to develop an API strategy. Today, ProgrammableWeb takes a look at another open government API: the Annual Production Figures of United States Currency API.
Financial data intelligence company EDGAR Online is overhauling its services to enable developers to access financial data via APIs. While already offering some API products, financial data services need a fundamental reinvention to enable a new wave of innovation, EDGAR Online President Dave Frankel told ProgrammableWeb.
Intuit Inc. has announced the release of an updated version of the QuickBooks Online API which is now free to developers to use in building third-party applications. The company also announced the launch of Intuit Apps.com, a new store where users of QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online can find add-on applications that provide added functionality in categories including customer management, billing and invoicing, financial and sales management.
Walk through any shopping mall food court and you’re bound to be offered a free sample from at least one of the restaurants. The taster is such a staple of mall marketing for one simple reason: it just plain works. This tactic has been borrowed with success by software-as-a-service (and even downloadable software) companies and as such is also common with API Products.
There is still time for developers to enter the BBVA Innova Big Data Challenge and be in the running for some of the €90,000 ($USD 120,000) prize money. Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez, Head of Open Innovation at the Spanish bank BBVA, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about what the competition entails and how international entries can be submitted before the 3 December deadline.
Along with the growth of APIs in general has come the emergence of the API as a product. Many times a new startup is entirely an API. When the entire company is an API, you’d better choose the right API business model. When the API is the product, or the whole business, many times this means charging developers to use your API. It turns out, it’s not just about how much you charge them, but how. This post will look at the many different ways that API-as-product companies are getting developers to pay for access.
InComm, prepaid card and transaction technology solution provider, has a new API for loyalty program, digital wallet, and digital coupon providers: Cashtie Cloud Match API. The API enables developers to integrate their loyalty program, digital wallet, and digital coupon solutions into InComm’s retail network without added POS hardware or substantial development work.