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.
This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a social people search API, a multi-lingual social network, and a product information and pricing provider. We also discussed hackathons and the top 10 mistakes in running hackathons.
Google offers the Mirror API for development of most Google Glass Applications; however, a Native Development Kit has been announced to give developers more tools for their Glass-related efforts. karmadata has announced the Indicate Investigators app: the first published app built entirely with the karmadata API. Plus: AOL cracks down on a startup for CrunchBase data, and 4 new APIs.
Microsoft plans to terminate the Skype API, provoking developers to launch a petition. Goo Technologies demonstrates Firefox web audio. Plus: TM Forum launches proven API ecosystem, Google updates CardDAV API, and 10 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 64 website APIs. The newest is the Page2Images API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Page Speed Online API. We list 2 Google Page Speed Online API mashups .
This week, we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including new APIs for movie rental service Redbox, a text analytic service, and an API for the Bureau of Economic Analysis. We also attended and covered the API Strategy and Practice Conference. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Traditional media is going through a major upheaval at present, with paywalls proving an ineffective business model, Amazon chief Bezos buying the Washington Post, viral masters BuzzFeed promising to invest their revenue in investigate reporting, and Netflix overtaking traditional paid cable like HBO in revenue generation. At API Strategy and Practice, Kristin Calhoun from the Public Media Platform talks about how public media partners are using APIs to prepare for the changing landscape.
Elastic Path turns to SOA Software for API strategy. Mulesoft, making it easier for software to eat the world, releases RAML. Plus: Google updates the CalDav API, Microsoft acquires API management service Apiphany, and 10 new APIs.