Google’s stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits (The Register)

The Register: Google’s stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits . “To prevent a data grabbing snafu along the lines of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google is asking developers who use sensitive Gmail APIs to pay for a security audit that proves their apps play by the rules. And the cost – anywhere from $15,000 to $75,000 or more, every year – could put some smaller companies out of business.”

Bing Blogs: Location, location, location!

Bing Blogs: Location, location, location! . “The Bing Maps team has been hard at work releasing three new REST APIs that bring the power of location-based search to maps scenarios – Bing Maps Location Recognition, Bing Maps Local Search API and Bing Maps Local Insights API. Let’s go into detail about each of these APIs and see examples of how they can be used to light up new, location-related possibilities.”

ZDNet: Websites can steal browser data via extensions APIs

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.”

Scaling the Mission: The Met Collection API (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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.”

TechCrunch: Google updates its speech services for developers

TechCrunch: Google updates its speech services for developers. “Google Cloud’s Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text APIs are getting a bunch of updates today that introduce support for more languages, make it easier to hear auto-generated voices on different speakers and that promise better transcripts thanks to improved tools for speaker recognition, among other things.”

BetaNews: Twitter removes 143,000 apps, now requires developers to request API access

BetaNews: Twitter removes 143,000 apps, now requires developers to request API access. “As part of its continuing efforts to clean up the platform, Twitter has removed 143,000 apps in the last three months for policy violations. To help reduce the need for such measures in the future, the company has also introduced a new registration system that means developers must now request access to Twitter’s APIs.”