This week we had 39 new APIs added to our API directory including a home and electronic device automation service, mobile application building and management service, application status page platform, multi-factor authentication for smartphones and tablets and external vulnerability scanning solution. In addition we covered a cloud based time-tracking platform and a face recognition API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Many APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular–but no longer available–APIs.
Here is an interview with Andy Bartley, CEO of Algorithms.io . Algorithms.io has been selected as one of 30 start ups to participate in this year’s SV Forum Launch: Silicon Valley conference. In this wide ranging interview Andy talks of algorithms, APIs and the emerging and lucrative field for Big Data analytical algorithms.
The SciBite API provides access to SciBite’s real-time drug discovery search engine that combs developments in biotech and pharma. By tracking patents and clinical trials around the globe, scientific news, biomedical reagents and even biomedical job postings, SciBite provides unparalleled intelligence on drugs.
Pocket (Formerly known as Read It Later), has just announced the introduction of the Pocket API, allowing developers the ability to easily integrate Pocket into web sites and third party applications.
For sports fans, this might be the best time of the year. Baseball is winding down and the playoffs are about to begin, the NFL and NCAA are in full gear with big matchups every weekend and basketball is on the horizon with camps opening soon. Today’s look at mashups focuses on those that bring [...]
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel — whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn’t you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).
This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon SES, ESPN, Geoportail, Readability , Readmill, ReadSocial and Topsy. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 10 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 7 mashups) and Music (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
You may remember about how Facebook took credit for Pinterest’s growth. Now the social network has a mini-case study on the hot app. Also: are open APIs the new open source, do you know what API is backwards and 12 new APIs.