This week we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud storage service, image editing service, mobile payments service, social media marketing platform, contextual keyword extraction service, travel industry transaction processing service. In addition, we provided more in depth coverage of an online music service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Maestro.Fm wants to take your music experience to cloud nine, maybe even ten. Actually that could be a little overstated, but at least they are going to use cloud computing to do it. With a functionality similar to Google Music, a little application runs on your PC and uploads all your music to Maestro. Once it’s there, it’s augumented with album art, lyrics, and other lovely decorations. It’s kind of like a music library makeover. Google already has a thick collection of API services. Will they be interested in opening Google Music up for developer access? Don’t wait around and wonder, the Maestfo.fm API is already here.
NPR launched our API in July 2008. This API was the technology keystone of our strategy at NPR to solve crossmedia challenges by ensuring content could be ported to any presentation layer (websites, mobile apps etc). While the API has been a huge success, the code architecture behind the API was built on some inaccurate assumptions. NPR has recently finished refactoring the code behind API and we have already seen a significant improvement in performance and are better positioned for future growth of the API.
Today thirty two startups will take the stage at SXSW Accelerator to battle to be named the best. Last year’s overall winner became the largest mashup acquisition ever when it was gobbled up by Apple a month later. Who will be the winner this year? Chances look good that it will have an API. Below are the finalists that are in our directory.
This week we had 33 new APIs added to our API directory including a business travel data service, web translation tool, geolocation service, UK government data service, digital goods marketplace and online billing service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
One of the questions that I am most frequently asked regarding content APIs is “how can I make money with my API?” Before answering that question, however, it is important to ask for whom the API is designed. After all, the audiences for your API will determine what business opportunities exist.
It can be hard to find good news regarding employment thanks the recent financial downturn. Apparently no one told Amazon, who have a post on their Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog announcing that they have lots of positions to fill.
Last week saw a wave of developments in the opening of government data, coinciding with the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. The new CIO of the country, Vivek Kundra, announced a site called the IT Dashboard that shows government spending on IT contracts for many federal agencies, and includes detail on the progress and performance of those contracts.