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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

Is Twitter broken? That's what many are asking today as their favorite apps for the social media service suddenly appeared to stop working. At roughly 0900 California time, people's lists of liked items, responses to specific search terms, mentions – in fact pretty much everything came to a sudden and unexpected halt. …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2018
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Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights

Although Google stopped mining Gmail accounts for data useful to advertisers last year, it left an API open allowing others to do just that, the Wall Street Journal reports. Employees at third-party developers were permitted to operate on real Gmail emails to improve their systems, a practice described by one former employee …

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

Mozilla is investigating hooking up Google Chrome's builtin plugins to Firefox. The foundation's Project Mortar hopes to spare its developers from building and improving non-core components of Firefox by instead providing the same software interfaces that Chromium, the open-source engine of Chrome, provides. That will allow …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Oct 2016

Google API spring cleaning ends after four and a half years

Google has followed through on its 2011 promise to kill of some search APIs. Back in 2011, the text ads giant announced it was spring cleaning by turning off the Google Patent Search API, Google News Search API, Google Blog Search API, Google Video Search API and Google Image Search API. Google reckons it gave you all fair …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2016
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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court. Reuters reports that US District Judge William Alsup, who has been …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
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Quiet, please – HP waves baton for 'composable' IT

HP Discover HP has a grand plan for when it morphs into Hewlett Packard Enterprise later this year, and the key to it is a concept it's calling "composable infrastructure." In his keynote at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, HP CTO Martin Fink said that to understand composability, you should think about a composer …

NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

NASA has let it be known its working on an API portal so it can put more data into developers' hands. “Data is one of the most important assets at NASA,” writes Dan Hammer, a presidential innovation fellow at the agency. “”We have data on comets, measurements of mars, and real-time imagery of earth. But what good is data if …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015

India to develop an API for entire government

India has released a “Policy on Open APIs for Government of India” (PDF) that calls on the nation's government to develop APIs to let departments share information with each other and with the public. Many of India's government agencies are infamously moribund and Indians bemoan the short working hours, can't-do attitude and …
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Microsoft opens Office 365 to devs with APIs, SDKs

Microsoft is putting its Office 365 crown jewels on display, opening up APIs to the environment to attract third-party developers to the platform. The APIs are yours for the taking here, along with resources and guides for developers. Microsoft imagines applications such as integrating a reservation system with a user's …
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Former VMware CTO Steve Herrod is now mobile API 'appy

Your marketing department wants to build mobile apps to expose your business processes to world+dog, but if you do it their way you'll fail and set back future mobile development efforts. So says Steve Herrod, former VMware chief technology officer and now venture capitalist with General Catalyst. Speaking to The Reg today, …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014

Orange unleashes API assets, hires San Fran firm to lure in devs

Orange has released a bunch of APIs into the world and has inked a deal with some Bay Area tech types to help convince developers on the idea of building mobile and web applications using Orange core networks and services. Apigee’s digital platform will power the APIs for Orange Partner, the telco's biz hub for developers, …
Simon Rockman, 18 Jul 2014
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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

Comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment has built a huge database stuffed with information about its characters, comics, and creative talent throughout its more than 70-year publishing history, and now it wants to see what independent developers can do with it. The company behind Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Hulk, …
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PayPal enters 21st Century with developer tools refresh

Online payments giant PayPal has spruced up its developer tools with new APIs, a new mobile SDK, and a new, one-stop developer website – all changes that company execs admit are long overdue. "Back in 2009, PayPal was the first financial company to open up its payments APIs for developers around the world," PayPal CTO James …
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Google touts map APIs for enterprise

Google has announced two new APIs to its Google Maps service, designed to allow enterprises build their own location-enabled applications. The Maps Tracks and Maps Geolocation APIs were announced last Wednesday at Google’s Enterprise blog. Tracking your fleet: Google's Maps Tracks API gives devs route and territory …
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Facebook shuts down face recognition APIs after all

Less than a month after it was acquired by Facebook, face-recognition startup Face.com is shutting down its developer APIs and killing off its iOS app, in a dramatic about-face from earlier statements by its founder. As of July 9, a notice on the Face.com homepage reads, "Face.com has been acquired by Facebook, and as part of …
The Register breaking news

Open API lessons for LinkedIn and Facebook

Open... and Shut One of the cardinal rules of open source is reciprocity: you can use my open-source code under the same terms that it was given to me. But as open source shifts to open APIs, "open" is increasingly a one-way street. As one major case in point, LinkedIn likes to tout its open API to developers, but apparently only developers of …
Matt Asay, 31 May 2012
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Google farewells apps in spring clean

Mac users, it seems, haven’t embraced the ability to sync to Picasa to any great degree, with Google removing the platform from its Picasa service in its latest round of app spring cleaning. Picasa Web Albums for Mac and Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto have both been unplugged from the machine-that-goes-ping, along with a …
The Register breaking news

Squeezed Spotify to unveil APIs & App Store

Spotify is expected to reveal an app store and developer APIs at an event later today. The APIs would allow music magazines, fan sites and other services to plug into Spotify's music engine. The Wall Street Journal suggests that most of these will be desktop apps, and will be available to free users of the ad-supported service …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2011

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