Tip o’ the nib to Esther S. for this one from ProgrammableWeb: ProgrammableWeb Launches Covid-19/Coronavirus Developer Resource Center. “ProgrammableWeb has launched a special resource center to help developers find the top COVID-19 related APIs and other appdev resources. The content in this resource center is curated by the ProgrammableWeb staff and is designed to provide developers with the most up to date information and tools to help them build solutions related to the coronavirus pandemic. These could be tracking solutions, reporting solutions or any type of innovation that these resources might inspire.”
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.”
VentureBeat: Twitter opens Developers Labs program to test new API products. “Twitter today announced plans to build ‘the next generation of the Twitter API’ that will provide more flexibility and better serve developers. As a first step, the company is launching Twitter Developer Labs, a program to let developers preview new features and test new API products before they are finalized. Participating developers will be asked to provide feedback on what they like and don’t like ahead of the broad rollout.” What would better serve developers is Twitter not being awful to them.
ZDNet: Websites can steal browser data via extensions APIs. “Malicious websites can exploit browser extension APIs to execute code inside the browser and steal sensitive information such as bookmarks, browsing history, and even user cookies.The latter, an attacker can use to hijack a user’s active login sessions and access sensitive accounts, such as email inboxes, social media profiles, or work-related accounts.”
Internet Archive: Documentation for Public APIs at the Internet Archive. “Documentation and examples to use our most important APIs have now been organized at a single location. We invite our community to review and use this documentation to make use of the information and content in the Internet Archive.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Scaling the Mission: The Met Collection API. “Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches a new public API for the collection. Through The Met Collection API, users can connect to a live feed of all Creative Commons Zero (CC0) data and 406,000 images from the The Met collection, all available for use without copyright or restriction.”
Eyerys: Researchers Created ‘Bayou’, An AI Capable In Writing Codes On Its Own. “It has been a goal for humans to create a computer software capable of creating other software on its own. And here, researchers have made than happen. Computer scientists at Rice University’s Intelligent Software Systems Laboratory has developed a deep learning AI that works like a search engine for codes. This AI is aimed to help programmers to write codes that contain Java application programming interfaces (APIs).”
Wilmington News Journal: State launches new tool for accessing campaign finance data. “The new service, dubbed FACE Ohio, is an application programming interface, or API, for campaign finance data. It provides users with a data feed containing up-to-date campaign contributions and expenditures from the Secretary of State’s website, which can then be analyzed and presented however the user chooses.”