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.”
From a gentleman named Simon Willison, and this looks delicious: Datasette Publish: a web app for publishing CSV files as an online database. “I’ve just released Datasette Publish, a web tool for turning one or more CSV files into an online database with a JSON API. Here’s a demo application I built using Datasette Publish, showing Californian campaign finance data using CSV files released by the California Civic Data Coalition. And here’s an animated screencast showing exactly how I built it…” Are there are enough hours in the day? Find out in our next episode, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY.
TechCrunch: Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs. “Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its enterprise APIs. Today, Twitter is delivering on its plans to offer developers paid APIs that are a step down from the needs of enterprise-scale businesses.” This should have happened years ago and it might be too late.
Ars Technica: FCC ‘apology’ shows anything can be posted to agency site using insecure API. “The Federal Communications Commission’s website already gets a lot of traffic—sometimes more than it can handle. But thanks to a weakness in the interface that the FCC published for citizens to file comments on proposed rule changes, there’s a lot more interesting—and potentially malicious—content now flowing onto one FCC domain. The system allows just about any file to be hosted on the FCC’s site—potentially including malware.”
BetaKit: Unsplash Releases Free API To Give Devs Access To Over 200,000 Photos. “Unsplash said the API will allow developers to quickly source photos without having to pay a fee. While crediting Unsplash isn’t required when using one of its images, the Unsplash API will require developers to credit the photographer.”
TechCrunch: Twitter unveils a new API platform, roadmap and vision for its developer community. “Today, Twitter is trying to reset developer relations yet again with the unveiling of its vision for the Twitter API platform and, for the first time, publishing its public roadmap of what it has planned. The apparent goal here is to be more transparent about what Twitter has in store for developers, which includes a unification of its API platform along with the launching of new APIs and endpoints for developers.” If I had read this story two years ago, I would have been hopeful. Now I have zero trust in Twitter.