Mobile platform Appcelerator has just acquired API integration management service, Singly, for an undisclosed amount in a move that is expected to turn heads and raise eyebrows in the mobile enterprise application sector.
For a couple of years at least, Buffer fans have been clamoring for the social media service to integrate with Google+. Why can’t we schedule posts to our Google+ Pages?, they asked. The answer was because Google had not released a Google+ write API yet.
Buffer creates scheduled posting via Google+’s new API. Facebook updates its Android SDK, catches up with its iOS SDK. Plus: SOA and API management markets may be merging, the two syllables barred from app titles on Instagram are “Insta” and “gram”, and 10 new APIs.
User experience on the web has now become a differentiator – websites that are fast, sleek and easy-to-navigate get more traffic, more conversions and a better brand reputation. As competition is always just one-click away on the web, companies are now focused on providing the best experience possible to avoid losing visitors – and, ultimately, sales. However, websites have become complex ecosystems, rich with media, third-party services and built off of internal and external platforms. Figuring out the user experience is not an easy task as overall performance varies based on location, network, browser and operating system (OS), as well as the performance of the individual components on the page itself.
Every day, tens of thousands of API calls result in a virtual hug or kiss sent through Avocado, the multi-platform couples app. For messages and other media, it’s dozens of times more, resulting in millions of calls a day to the Avocado API… and growing. So far: No major service disruptions, no server explosions, and hardly any pulling of hair out from our heads.
Hootsuite, one of the most popular Twitter clients of all time, announced last week it raised $165 million in a round of Series B funding. The round was led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from Accel Partners and existing investor, OMERS Ventures.
At the API Craft un-conference this week in Detroit, some of the best minds in the API business gathered to talk over the problems that plague us most. It was a unique event in that the agenda was set and run by the attendees in true meet-up fashion. Quakers will recognize the format – for the conference kick-off, the group sits in silence until someone is moved to suggest a session. You suggest it, you run it and anyone who attends your session also participates in it. The sessions are true whiteboard brainstorming activities, with the outcomes posted into Github for future reading.
Sunlight Foundation has added an API portal to make government more transparent, as well as an interactive query builder. US government turns to open source for its API management solution. Plus: is API management wagging the dog? Also, Philips combines Hue lightbulbs with API for bright idea, and 14 new APIs.
LinkedIn soon may be joining Twitter and Facebook in adding a robust Ads API program to its marketing efforts. During a third quarter earnings call, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said an Ads API is a “high priority” for the company.