As Google and Oracle duke it out in court over claims that the search giant violated copyrights and patents now owned by Oracle in developing Android, it appears that the battle may have wide-ranging ramifications.
Yesterday, a jury decided that Google violated Oracle copyrights related to the organization and structure of Oracle's Java APIs, but was unable to decide whether Google had a valid fair use claim.
After years of waiting, Google finally launched Google Drive this week.
Naturally, Google's entry into the online storage market raised questions about some of the companies that have established themselves in the space, such as Dropbox. Will Google make it harder for them to grow and thrive, or will it fail to gain traction?
Driving? There's an app for that.
At least that's what automaker Chrysler is hoping to hear in the near future thanks to latest version of its Uconnect software.
For years, e-commerce practitioners have obsessed over the idea of a slippery funnel, built to maximize retail metrics like conversion rate and average order value.
Today’s disruptive digital products and services are quickly making this way of monetizing things obsolete.
Every connected device or service that hits the market, from tablets and televisions to ad platforms and social networks, brings with it new opportunities for marketing and selling your company’s goods and services. But in many cases, blindly pursuing the traditional retail path of pushing customers through a “shopping experience” will only alienate them.
Are you a sports fan? Are you a developer? If you answered yes to both questions, ESPN wants to talk to you.
Why? Because the sports media giant has jumped on the API bandwagon and is courting developers who can take its content and data to build cool sports apps.
One of Facebook's biggest assets is the open platform it has built which
enables developers to build apps that Facebook users can install and
use while logged in to the social network.
Today, that platform not only
helps Facebook generate billions in revenue, it has served as the
foundation for other billion-dollar businesses, like social gaming giant
So it's no surprise that another prominent consumer internet upstart,
Spotify, is looking to Facebook and launching its own platform.
The Google Maps API is probably one of the most popular APIs out there, and it's not hard to understand why. There are countless applications to which mapping functionality can be applied.
For developers and businesses looking for powerful mapping functionality, the free Google Maps API has been a godsend. But earlier this year, Google announced that it would be implementing usage limits for the Maps API, and on Wednesday, it followed through.
APIs are a big part of the internet ecosystem today. From Facebook and Twitter to Google and Salesforce, if you name a prominent internet company today, chances are that it offers APIs to its customers and third party developers.
And for good reason: allowing others to create new products and services on top of yours can be a highly effective way to build value.
But while APIs are, for most companies, an add-on, a few companies are based almost entirely on their APIs. One of the most prominent that falls into that category is a company called Twilio, which offers APIs that allow its customers to build voice, VOIP and SMS applications.
The rise of social media has been a boon for developers. Thanks to open
platforms and APIs created by companies like Facebook and Twitter,
developers have been able to help grow, and at the same time piggyback
on, the success of some of the internet's most popular online
But is the marriage between these properties and developers destined to come to a messy end?
The monolithic brands of the industrial age are giving way to the distributed, participative and democratized brands of the digital age.
In this post, I'll explain how APIs can take your brand in promising new directions by harnessing the power of the community...