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  • 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

  • Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API

    Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API

    The Google Maps API has been a mess when it comes to pricing. The company is making moves to clean that up with a newly announced pay-as-you-go model. Here’s what the team said today about it: In this new purchasing structure, the Google Maps Geocoding, Directions, Distance Matrix, Roads, Geolocation, Elevation, and Time Zone APIs remain free of charge for the first 2,500 requests per… Read More

  • Slack Leans On Companies Like Box And Nuzzel To Use “Add To Slack” Buttons For Contextual Integration

    Slack Leans On Companies Like Box And Nuzzel To Use “Add To Slack” Buttons For Contextual Integration

    Slack’s true power is being a platform. A platform that other tools can plug into and play nice with. The company says there are 80+ of these types of integrations and thousands of developers hacking away at adding more. Right now, you have to rely on you or someone on your team finding the integrations that you want on the integrations page and then adding it to your instance of Slack. Read More

  • Chrome Extensions Are Coming To Firefox

    Chrome Extensions Are Coming To Firefox

    Mozilla today announced major changes to how Firefox will implement add-ons going forward. The most important of these is the adoption of a new extension API that will be largely compatible with the one currently in use by Blink-based browsers like Chrome and Opera. This so-called WebExtensions API will ensure that developers will only have to make a few small changes to their code for… Read More

  • Bar Roulette Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

    Bar Roulette Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

    The premise is simple: tap a button, get into an Uber and have no idea where you’re going. Actually, that sounds like a really awful nightmare I had once. Bar Roulette is a fun mashup built by Tyler Swartz during a hackathon that takes advantage of Uber’s API. Read More

  • DigitalGlobe Partners With Mapbox To Launch Its Maps API

    DigitalGlobe Partners With Mapbox To Launch Its Maps API

    DigitalGlobe, the publicly traded, high-res imagery service that owns its own fleet of satellites, has long been known as a purveyor of fine satellite imagery to governments and large companies like Google and Nokia. While these companies then often made DigitalGlobe’s imagery available through their own developer programs, DigitalGlobe itself never focused on making its data available… Read More

  • Gnip Launches Full-Archive Search API To Provide Instant Access To Nine Years Worth Of Tweets

    Gnip Launches Full-Archive Search API To Provide Instant Access To Nine Years Worth Of Tweets

    Social data company Gnip, acquired by Twitter last year, has become an indispensable tool for all types of companies. Data, especially social data, is necessary to make decisions on things like timing a product launch or putting together a new marketing campaign. Read More

  • Cities As Platforms Crunch Network

    Cities As Platforms

    Take a look at the last decade’s fastest-growing companies. You’ll notice they have one thing in common: They’re all platforms.YouTube was not the first video-hosting site, but it was the first to disrupt the stagnating online broadcasting model, creating a platform with digital engagement at its core. And the catalyst for Google’s exponential growth trajectory was when… Read More

  • Molson And Google Built A Beer Fridge That Unlocks Via Voice Translation

    Molson And Google Built A Beer Fridge That Unlocks Via Voice Translation

    Some of you may know that I hail from Canada, the country to the north of most of you that only occasionally enters your consciousness when someone mentions Drake or Bieber. Our nation’s symbolic birthday is July 1, next week, and so some #brands are looking to capitalize. Molson, maker of ‘Canadian’ beer, is one such #brand, but its project involved some real technical… Read More

  • The Limitless Capability Of The Next Web Crunch Network

    The Limitless Capability Of The Next Web

    Uber made an important move last March, a move that reinforced my vision of where the Internet is headed. For the first time, users are able to summon an Uber ride from other applications without ever opening the Uber app itself. Some of you have already encountered this new capability firsthand. This “programmable Web” was a key enabler of Siri and is a decades-long… Read More

  • Bitreserve Launches API For Its Currency Conversions And Payments Platform

    Bitreserve Launches API For Its Currency Conversions And Payments Platform

    BitReserve, the currency conversion and transaction platform based on Bitcoin that was launched by CNet founder Halsey Minor, has created a platform for application programming interfaces (APIs) and has signed agreements with partners who are using the service. Read More

  • Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Online annotation platform Genius, which originally began as a way to mark up rap lyrics before expanding to support any page on the web, is now making its service – including its collection of annotations and musical metadata – available to third-party developers for use in their own applications. The first partner to take advantage of the new API is Betaworks, which… Read More

  • Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Google’s Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player. All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put their small-screen content up on the big screen a total of 1.5 billion times in the U.S. alone, and Chromecast floats other Google boats, too – users increase their YouTube viewing time… Read More

  • Google Partners With Udacity To Launch Android Development Nanodegree

    At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google today announced that it has partnered with Udacity to launch a six-course Android development nanodegree. The idea here is to help developers learn how to write apps for Google’s mobile operating system “the right way” up to the point where they could potentially be hired by Google itself. Clearly then, this is not… Read More