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  • Google launches new services for Android game developers

    Google launches new services for Android game developers

    Google today announced a number of new services for game developers at its annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference. They include tools for managing virtual goods and currencies, the launch of the Video Recording API so developers can make it easier for players to stream and share videos to YouTube, and a new ad type that allows new players to trial a game for 10 minutes right… Read More

  • Riff wants to replace YouTube for TV show reaction videos

    Riff wants to replace YouTube for TV show reaction videos

    YouTube is a beautifully weird world full of surprises. It turns out there’s a big community of TV show and movie reaction YouTubers out there. Some of them have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of views. And yet, it seems like YouTube isn’t the right platform for these kinds of videos due to copyright laws. Meet Riff, a New York-based startup that has found a neat… Read More

  • Instagram kills newly launched ‘Being’ app, which saw 50K downloads its first week

    Instagram kills newly launched ‘Being’ app, which saw 50K downloads its first week

    In case there was any doubt where Instagram was drawing the line when it came to its shutdown of third-party feed reading apps, it appears that its decision to revoke API access doesn’t just extend to those that offer an alternative means of browsing the photo-sharing service. It also reaches apps that offer an expansion of what you can do with Instagram – for example, the… Read More

  • Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook Messenger

    Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook Messenger

    Lyft is now allowing third-party developers to build on its platform, starting with Facebook Messenger today. Uber opened its API to third-party developers more than 18 months ago, announcing a partner integration with Facebook Messenger in December, which allowed Messenger users to order or schedule an Uber and let their friends know they are on their way via the integration since that… Read More

  • Venmo Halts New Developer Access To Its API

    Venmo Halts New Developer Access To Its API

    This is not how you run a platform. Developers remember. Pull the rug out from under them once, and they’ll be reluctant to stand with you in the future. So despite having a record-setting January with $1 billion transferred in its peer-to-peer payments app, Venmo just shot itself in the foot. After six years of providing an API for developers to build experiences atop its money… Read More

  • Google Opens Its Cloud Vision API To All Developers

    Google Opens Its Cloud Vision API To All Developers

    After a short limited preview, Google today announced the public beta of its Cloud Vision API — a service that allows developers to easily build image recognition and classification features into their applications. Google’s technology do basic things like extracting text from images, but its real power is in actually recognizing the objects in an image. This is the same… Read More

  • UberRUSH Now Delivers The Same Day From Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Other Big Retail Stores

    UberRUSH Now Delivers The Same Day From Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Other Big Retail Stores

    UberRUSH, Uber’s merchant delivery service, will now ship purchases within a few hours from household retail names like Nordstrom and 1800Flowers. It typically takes, at least, a few days for deliveries to arrive at your doorstep from most online retailers, but Uber introduced a private API that can integrate into the shopping experience of these bigger companies with the aim to get… Read More

  • Fixing The Healthcare Dichotomy Crunch Network

    Fixing The Healthcare Dichotomy

    It’s astonishing to find technologically advanced industries still struggling with the age-old problem of paper records and disconnected systems. Take the healthcare industry, which has made robotic surgery possible and now is on the verge of releasing nanobots into our bloodstreams. Yet on the backend, healthcare professionals and patients still resubmit the same forms over and over… Read More

  • Walmart Simple Text Could Be Walmart’s Version Of Magic

    One of the very cool things about hackathons is that you learn what type of technology that people are really using. We’re all wondering what the hot “trends” are going to be at one of these things. At the Disrupt Hackathon, we’re learning quite a bit. An early trend is SMS. Surprise! There’s Magic, Facebook M, Operator and now Walmart Simple Text. The latter is… Read More

  • APIs Are The New FTEs Crunch Network

    APIs Are The New FTEs

    Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal with outrageous amounts of spam and abuse. They hire teams of engineers to stop trolls, outwit bad actors and otherwise keep their walled gardens free of misanthropes. It’s a costly business. Huge teams of Full-Time Employees, or FTEs, are charged with stopping these attacks at other companies, and it’s easy to imagine millions of dollars… Read More

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