Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, Number 2

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Google – September 29, 2016 – Google Cloud Machine Learning: now open to all with new professional services and education programs. “Google Cloud Machine Learning is now publicly available in beta and can empower all businesses to easily train quality machine learning models at a faster rate. With its powerful distributed training capability, you can train models on terabytes of data within hours, instead of waiting for days.”

Four51 – September 29, 2016 – Four51 Launches, an Industry-First, API-Driven B2B eCommerce Platform for Developers. “Announced today the launch of, a headless eCommerce platform that is completely exposed via a RESTful API. The launch of builds on the rapid rise of the API Economy, as evidenced in 2016 by at least two API success stories: Twilio, an API-centric mobile messaging company, one of the most successful tech IPOs of the year, and Apigee, an API management company, which was recently acquired by Google for $625 million.”

Evans Data – September 29, 2016 – Machine Learning and Developer Programs – “Major manufacturers are racing with each other to provide tools and APIs to facilitate ML on their platforms. IBM has long been offering Watson APIs on their Blue Mix platform, while Microsoft has an entire Cortana development suite on Azure. Amazon provides ML APIs for AWS. HP has Haven on Demand. The list goes on and on.”

MasterCard – September 28, 2016 – Mastercard Accelerates the Pace of Commerce Innovation with Launch of Mastercard Developers. “This single gateway enables Mastercard partners to access a diverse range of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) across payments, data and security. The platform also includes a ‘New and Experimental’ API category that enables partners to test new technologies and applications.”

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft – September 28, 2016 – Industry Leaders Establish Partnership on AI Best Practices. “Partnership on AI to benefit people and society.  Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft today announced that they will create a non-profit organization that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.”

IBM – September 28, 2016 – IBM Launches Watson-Based Project DataWorks – eWeek. “The new solution automates the deployment of all types of data on the IBM Cloud using machine learning and Apache Spark.”

Facebook – September 28, 2016 – Facebook Analytics for Apps Launches Cross-Platform Analytics (beta). “Analytics for Apps is introducing a beta that adds support for web measurement and cross-platform metrics. At Facebook, we believe in thinking about people, not devices and we know that in the course of completing a task, people are highly likely to switch between multiple platforms and devices. Since launching at F8 in 2015, over 800,000 unique apps have used the service.”

RStudio – September 27, 2016 – sparklyr — R interface for Apache Spark. “Over the past couple of years we’ve heard time and time again that people want a native dplyr interface to Spark, so we built one! sparklyr also provides interfaces to Spark’s distributed machine learning algorithms and much more.”

SoundCloud – September 23, 2016 – API Sign-up Changes. “Starting today, developers will need to fill out an application form to request access to our API. All new requests for an API key must go through the review process, where applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in line with our API Terms of Use.”

Google – September 22, 2016 – Google VR SDK graduates out of beta. “We are proud to announce that the Google VR SDK 1.0 with support for Daydream has graduated out of beta, and is now available on the Daydream developer site.”

Tableau – September 22, 2016 – Building the ISS Tracker Using JSON and Tableau JavaScript API. “A few weeks ago, I created a viz that tracks the position of the International Space Station using a live JSON feed and the Tableau JavaScript API. Building this visualization requires a bit of coding, HTML, Javascript, and AJAX, but the code is very short and very straightforward.”

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