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Amazon Alexa’s Camera Recap API Will Show the Most Recent Event

“Amazon has just announced a new API for Alexa, which will work with popular security cameras” reports androidheadlines.com. It’s actually pretty simple for developers to get started using the Camera Recap API. Amazon does also mention that there are some performance and security requirements for this API as well.This is so that not just any skill can gain access to your security cameras around your home.According to Amazon’s blog post, this will work with Ring, August, Arlo, Logitech and the Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras. Source: androidheadlines.com Share This:

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Twitter Explains API Changes to Employees as Limits for Third-Party Apps Go Live

“Twitter’s API changes went live today, disabling key features for third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterific The new API removes timeline streaming, preventing third-party apps from refreshing timelines automatically, and it limits push notifications and other features” writes Am Pdt for macrumors.com. Twitter is also charging exorbitant fees for access to its new activity APIs, with access starting at $2,899 per month for up to 250 accounts.All third-party Twitter apps are affected by these changes.Tapbots yesterday updated the Tweetbot for iOS app to cripple multiple features popular with Tweetbot users.The…

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A bunch of Tweetbot features no longer work in preparation for the Twitter API change

“The single biggest loss, really, is the Apple Watch app no longer being available, which is definitely a bummer if you use it” writes Aug Edt for theverge.com. All third-party apps will be affected by similar changes starting tomorrow, so even if you don’t use Tweetbot, you aren’t spared.None of these changes fundamentally ruin Tweetbot, but they certainly make the app less useful. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Oil prices fall on rising US crude inventories, darkening economic outlook

“Oil prices fell on Wednesday, pulled down by a report of increased U.S. crude inventories and as a darkening economic outlook stoked expectations of lower fuel demand” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “Oil prices … fell after the API inventory data showed an unexpected crude build last week,” said William O’Loughlin, investment analyst at Australia’s Rivkin Securities.Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $72.14 per barrel at 0021 GMT, down by 32 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 1.6…

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Discover Joins Initiative To Create B2B Payments Directory

“The companies said Discover will be working with the BPDA, recently formed to create a business payments directory to make it easier for payers to electronically make B2B payments, to create a blockchain-powered platform” reports pymnts.com. Discover Financial Services is pushing for digitization of B2B payments in the U.S. through a collaboration with the Business Payments Directory Association (BPDA), according to a press release.NACHA Managing Director of Network Development and Strategic Initiatives George Throckmorton, who is also the API Standardization Industry Group’s lead, said in a statement that API standardization that…

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WhatsApp launches Facebook chat ads and Business API for automated messaging with customers

“The advancement of WhatsApp Business follows several other initiatives aimed at using automated messaging and AI to change communication between customers and businesses” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Google is using RCS messaging to spread business messaging to billions of SMS users throughout the world, while Apple’s Business Chat is attempting to do the same.This follows the introduction of Click-to-Messenger ads, News Feed ads that lead to Facebook Messenger conversations with automated bots or humans. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Researcher discovers Venmo exposes ‘an alarming amount’ of personal data in public API

“Using transaction data made available through the public API, Do Thi Duc downloaded 207,984,218 Venmo transactions, all the public transaction made on the app in 2017, and analyzed them” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. To show just how much detail you can pull from the public Venmo transaction data, Do Thi Duc’s Public By Default project focuses on on five specific Venmo accounts.The amount of information Do Thi Duc is able to pull from the transaction data Venmo is sharing is pretty astonishing. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Higher oil prices mean US drillers are open for business, says API

“Oil price for Brent crude oil, the most common price measure for oil produced outside of the U.S., closed at around $74 in Thursday trading” writes Ap Photo Hasan for washingtonexaminer.com. The numbers are a “good sign” of industry health in the current high oil price environment and continued demand for U.S. natural gas exports, said Foreman.The federal government’s latest reporting projects that Brent oil prices will remain high through the remainder of 2018 at around $73 per barrel, before dropping to around $69 per barrel in 2019. Nevertheless, with…

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Companies Eager to Expand Digital Business Learn Value of the Once-Obscure API

“Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2020 more than 75% of businesses will have multiple delivery and operating systems running their digital business tools” writes Angus Loten for wsj.com. San Francisco-based API maker MuleSoft was acquired in March by Salesforce.com Inc. for $6.5 billion, the business-software giant’s largest acquisition to date.First, however, it needed to confront a lingering problem: An ever-growing pile of incompatible data trapped inside a patchwork of old and new IT systems.Once considered the duct tape of enterprise IT, the use of APIs has grown rapidly in recent…

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