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Dennis Crowley Says That Foursquare’s API Is Currently Underutilized, Apps That Use Its Location Data Are Smarter (Original)

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During our Disrupt event today, New York City company Foursquare’s co-founder Dennis Crowley spoke about how people are talking about the company these days. One of the interesting things about the company is its strategy to be the “location layer” of the Internet. For four years, the company has been trapping all of this location data, tips and social graph information.

On its location data, Crowley said that the company is generating all of this information that will be important moving forward, like finding all of the interesting places on say, a Monday morning in New York City. These are the bits of data that Foursquare has just started leveraging in its own app and it’s only going to get better.

Crowley says that its API is underutilized by partners and people aren’t “leaning” on them as much as they could be, as of yet. He says that in the next year you’ll see more apps that use Foursquare’s location data get smarter about the world around it. This means that the company has a lot more evangelism to do to educate companies on how their data is best used. I can’t think of many services that do a really good job of it right now.…

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CA Acquires Layer 7 Technologies To Connect Cloud, Mobile And Internet Of Things As API Market Starts To Consolidate (Original)

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CA Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired API management company Layer 7. It is the second major acquisition of an API management company in the past week, signaling a consolidation of a market that larger companies see as vital for closing the gap between on-premise and online infrastructure and apps.

Last week, Intel acquired Mashery for $180 million. The acquisition price for Layer 7 was not disclosed but the Mashery price serves as  a good guide for what CA was ready to pay. CA also announced it is buying Nolio, a company that provides  continuous application delivery.

In a press release,  CA said its solution combined with Layer 7 will help organizations to better manage and secure APIs and better deliver applications in the cloud across mobile and web environments.

CA said the acquisition will help:

  • Securely enable strategic cloud, mobile and “Internet of Things” initiatives through API security and management
  • Accelerate service delivery and increase profitability by externalizing and monetizing existing application assets that are securely offered via APIs
  • Expand the network of API developers by offering a convenient API development platform that provides all the tools necessary to discover, publish and test APIs
  • Govern API activity in order to enforce SLAs, improve operational performance and monetize big data transactions
  • Secure the externalized API business through authentication, authorization, auditing and threat protection.

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Disrupt NY’s Hackathon API Workshops To Feature AWS, Box, Evernote, Facebook, Foursquare And The NYT (Original)

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Hackathons are to developers what state championship games are to high school quarterbacks. The pressure is on, time is running out, and in the case of the Disrupt NY Hackathon, there’s never been a better audience of peers, judges, and media to impress.

That’s why we’re incredibly lucky to have some of the best platforms in the industry coming to New York to run workshops on how you can stand on the shoulders of their giant APIs and build something truly awesome.

More Hackathon spots are now available. Register here.

If you participate in the Hackathon (that is – you make a hack and present it on stage), you’re granted a general admission ticket to Disrupt. Yep, the same one that costs $2,995 and gives you access to all three days of Disrupt and the after parties.

We have a full roster of API sponsors and partners putting up a large number of prizes for the Disrupt NY Hackathon. They include: Microsoft BizSpark, Wrigley Energy Gum, Box, CrunchBase, Exadel Appery.io, GM, Microsoft SkyDrive, NewAer, Pearson, Samsung, Visa, Yammer and Volusion.

Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team here sponsors@techcrunch.com.

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YC-Backed Kippt, An “Evernote For The Web”, Lures Developers With New API, App Gallery (Original)

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Kippt, which lets you collect and share content from across the web, is looking to attract developers with a brand-new API and gallery of apps.

The two-person startup has relied on outside developers to have a mobile presence on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Kippt just returned to San Francisco from Helsinki, almost a year after graduating from Y Combinator’s summer batch.

“An API is not only good for us, but it’s good for our users,” said Karri Saarinen, who co-founded Kippt and leads design. “There are some companies that fear this kind of openness will somehow harm the company, but we feel it brings value.”

He pointed to more than a dozen third-party apps that bring Kippt to the iPhone or turn it into an elegant mobile reading list. Popular reading app Pocket added support for Kippt recently, too. Saarinen said that some developers have already organized hack days around the API.

It’s steady progress for the product, which started as a side project while Kippt’s other co-founder Jori Lallo was collaborating with Leah Culver on message board app Convore.

Over time, however, Kippt started to take on a life of its own. Like a more evolved version of early social bookmarking site Delicious, Kippt is a tool that lets people save and organize links into lists and share them with friends and work colleagues.…

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After Testing It With Facebook Messenger, Mozilla Signs Up Weibo, Mixi, MSN Now And CliqZ To Firefox’s Social API (Original)

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Last November, Mozilla announced that it had worked with Facebook to launch a first preview of its Social API for Firefox by integrating Facebook Messenger into Firefox 17. The Social API allows social networks, blog networks or news sites to easily add persistent social sidebars, toolbar notifications and chat features to the browser, no matter which site a user is looking at. At the time, Mozilla wasn’t quite ready to announce any additional partners for this API. But today the organization announced that it will soon expand this effort with additional services in Firefox Nightly, including Japanese social network Mixi, Microsoft’s MSN Now, new site, CliqZ and the Chinese microblogging service Weibo.

“We are really excited about the possibilities that Social API brings to the future of browsing, including ways to integrate even more social providers, e-mail, finance, news and other applications and services into your Firefox experience,” Mozilla writes in today’s announcement.

When Mozilla launched the Facebook Messenger integration, Mozilla’s VP of Firefox Engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me that the organization wanted to see how it could marry the trend toward more social experiences on the web with the browser. Firefox’s App Tabs were a first attempt to solve this, but, as Nightingale told me, “people still had to work around the limitations of browsers because they were treating social just like any other sites.”

The current Facebook Messenger integration is pretty straightforward and adds a set of Messenger buttons to the toolbar and pops up a sidebar to start chats (see image above).…

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Social Data Leader Gnip Rolls Out Access To Six New Public APIs Including Reddit, Instagram And Bitly (Original)

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Gnip has found itself a sweet spot in partnering with startups who make data available via APIs. The company currently has access to Twitter and Tumblr’s firehoses, and has announced today that it will be making the publicly available data of Reddit, Instagram, bitly, Stack Overflow, Panoramio and Plurk available to its customers who rely on Gnip to do social reporting. Additionally, existing YouTube and Flickr data gets enhanced geo support.

Last November, we reported that Gnip serves up over 100B social activities per month to its customers, allowing them to track keywords, mentions and trends as it pertains to their companies and social campaigns. Its partner program is an extremely attractive offering to PR and marketing firms that need to show the proof of their work to their clients.

Gnip’s COO, Chris Moody, explained that each new source of data that Gnip provides gives its customers more insight into their own business: “Our customers care about conversations happening across the entire spectrum of social sources.”

Its “Enterprise Data Collector” pulls in all of the data from these public APIs, performs deduplication and does URL analysis after formatting them properly, even if they’re shortened.

Here’s what Gnip had to say on their blog about the new data sources and why their tools are important to companies:

A significant part of what Gnip does is make social data easier to digest by optimizing the polling of these APIs and by enriching and normalizing the data.

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Twitter Is Building A Gateway To The “Web” Of Mobile Apps (Original)

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Twitter is making a move to become the jumping off point for discovering, browsing and accessing the mobile app ecosystem, the company announced yesterday, in a somewhat understated event only developers were invited to attend. The event, due to its nature, was filled with geekier terminology like “footer tags,” “deep linking,” and “URL schemes,” making summaries of its announcements hard to parse by the everyday Twitter user who isn’t as familiar with what some of these things may mean.

So let’s clarify: Twitter wants to connect its users with content found in the broader mobile app universe, including products for sale from e-commerce companies, the mobile applications themselves, as well as other media, such as photos, videos, article snippets, and soon music, too.

This a major step forward for a service which begin life as a way to post brief, 140-character text-based thoughts, inspired by SMS.

With Twitter Cards, which just went live in Twitter’s iOS, tweets are no longer boring status updates like the above, but are rich, perhaps even interactive elements, which will not only help to increase users’ time spent using Twitter and viewing content on its service, but that can also help send increased traffic to mobile applications.…

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Google Adds Twilio For The First Voice And Messaging APIs Available Through The Google Cloud Platform And App Engine (Original)

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Twilio today is taking one more step in its bid to become the most ubiquitous voice and messaging API available to developers: it is announcing a partnership with Google’s Cloud Platform. This makes it the first time that a voice and messaging API-based solution has been integrated with the Google App Engine, giving developers on the platform — some 250,000 active, with 1 million registered apps at Google’s last count — the ability to integrate voice and messaging services into their web and mobile apps by way of a few lines of code.

The added functionality will sweeten the deal for developers, which Google hopes will attract them to its platform instead of opting for platform-as-a-service competitors like Amazon Web Services, Parse or Microsoft’s Azure platform. For its part, Twilio was already integrated with all three of those, as well as Sendgrid to offer similar services, according to Lynda Smith, CMO at Twilio.

Integrations like these are a sign of the times: developers are on the hunt for more functionality in their mobile and web apps, and they are increasingly gravitating to platforms where they can most easily pick and choose different features to build, store and serve out its apps — a shopping mall model for apps, as it were.…

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Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem (Original)

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Editor’s note: Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Follow him on Twitter @jbarouch

Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for developers. Any destabilization in Foursquare or its developer tools would fundamentally affect the stability of the mobile web.

Now I’m not suggesting that they are so important to the U.S. economy that Ben Bernanke and the Fed should step in to participate in Foursquare’s rumored Series D. However, I do think that Keith Rabois’ comment about Foursquare having a small user base firmly misses the point. Even among all the lovers and haters duking it out on Twitter, no one stopped to consider what the sheer size of Foursquare’s developer base means for the industry.

Dennis Crowley said at the Mobile World Congress that 40,000 developers use Foursquare location data via their API. Let’s examine the effect on Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foodspotting and many other apps if Foursquare and its API were to no longer exist.

The App Ecosystem

Pick up your smartphone. Search through some of your favorite apps.…

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Google Launches Realtime API for Google Drive (Original)

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Google has launched a Realtime API for Google Drive, enabling developers to create apps that can tap into Drive's real-time editing capabilities.

The API provides developers with collaborative versions of data objects such as maps, lists, strings, and JSON values, which are automatically synchronized, and all modifications to them are stored. Developers can create apps that read from and write to these objects like any local object.

If the basic set of objects isn't enough, developers can also create custom objects and references, which includes trees and arbitrary graph structures.

Companies such as Neutron Drive, draw.io and Gantter are already using the new API, according to Google. Other interested developers can check out the Google Drive Realtime API technical documentation here.

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