In a world that is currently dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google has taken the next steps to announce itself as a solid alternative to AWS. The Google Compute Engine (GCE), an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that allows running Virtual Linux Servers at Google scale was announced in June of last year and was available by invite only. The gates have been thrown open a little bit with Google announcing its expanded availability, price cuts and newer features.
Google announced the Google Drive Realtime API. Postmaster released a beta version of its Postmaster API. Plus: Ex-Shopwell exec positions Yummly for top foodie spot with versatile API and PayZang introduces its innovative Payment API for merchant accounts and payment processing.
Deezer has announces changes to its API that include an affiliate deal. Facebook released its schedule for mobile developer conferences in 2013. Plus: a new look for Custom Search control panel and Shiva provides a RESTful API for private music collections.
Back in May 2011 Canadian YPG launched their developer ecosystem, which Programmableweb covered at the time, ”to support and stimulate startup innovation in the local search and location based services market, including a certified developer program and four ways to monetize applications.” Fast forward 20 months and the ecosystem now has 2,300 API-related partners, according to Mashery’s Devon Biondi.
Target is looking for developers to create a new mobile experience for their customers. Contactually is planning on using recent funding to expand its API. Plus: The programmable enterprise has arrived, Edmodo ups API ante with Root-1 acquisition, and 14 new APIs.
Amazon makes Advertising move with Mobile Ads API. The popular TweetDeck suites of Apps will give way to a modern web based version. Plus: Google releases a new version of Adwords, Campaigner Elements API helps target customers, and AdWords API workshops.
A busy day including a 7th grader winning the MIT APP Inventor contest and Spotify’s playlist data now being made accessible via API. Plus: MajorApi makes QuickBooks RESTful, Google hosts Hardcode, a secure coding contest and 10 new APIs.
Codecademy invades the API How-To Space. Walgreens starts instore ads with geofencing platform. Plus: Pealk acquired by Viadeo, Dextrorobotics finds objects in photos, and 15 new APIs.