CBR: Forced Google Sheets Migration Leaves Users Fuming Over Broken Services. “Developers are up in arms over a forced migration to version four of Google Sheets in March 2020, saying the migration breaks numerous functionalities…. A key feature used by programmers in Google Sheets v3 was the ability to run structured queries on Sheets that returned only matching rows.”
ZDNet: Google garners support from tech industry in Supreme Court API copyright fight. “Submitting a joint ‘friend of the court’ brief on Monday — a legal document that offers information that has a bearing on the issues of a court case — Mozilla, Medium, Cloudera, Reddit, along with others, have pleaded for SCOTUS to reverse the Federal Court’s decision and allow for APIs to continue to be free from copyright, or at least be available for fair use.”
Techdirt: The Good And The Bad Of The ACCESS Act To Force Open APIs On Big Social Media. “As people here will probably know, I am a huge proponent of a “protocols, not platforms” approach to handling questions around big tech and competition (as well as privacy, content moderation and more). I even wrote a pretty long paper about it for the Knight 1st Amendment Institute at Columbia University entitled Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech. So, I was definitely curious to see what Senators Warner, Hawley and Blumenthal had cooked up with their new ACCESS Act [Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching Act] since it’s being pitched as pressuring big social media companies to open up their platforms to competitors.”
MakeUseOf: The Scrapestack API Makes It Easy to Scrape Websites for Data. “Finding it time-consuming to visit all your favorite websites and read everything that matters? One solution is a web scraper, a software tool that gathers information you need from other sites. We’re going to look at the scrapestack API, a web scraping service that you can subscribe to. Once set up, you can use scrapestack to grab whatever data you want from other sites.”
TechCrunch: Twitter Developer Labs opens to all with release of first APIs. “In May, Twitter announced plans to launch its Twitter Developer Labs program, a way for app developers to sign up to experiment with pre-released beta APIs. The idea, the company explained at the time, is to allow developers to test new API products early and offer feedback. Today, Twitter says it’s introducing its first Twitter Developer Labs endpoints: GET/users and GET/tweets. These allow developers access to look up tweets and users by ID.” I appreciate TechCrunch also mentioning all the ways Twitter has been horrible to the developer community.
RAWG: Launching Public API for the Largest Video Game Database in the World. “RAWG is the largest video game database in the world with 300,000+ titles, 2M screenshots, 425,000 user ratings…. We got plenty of requests for API access to our database. We shared our API on an ad hoc basis and some of our community members even created language-specific wrappers for it. Today, we are opening our public API to the world.”