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The API Changelog issue 2023.42
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Advise Wise, a later-life sourcing platform, announced its integration with Just, a UK financial services group. According to the financial reporter, the integration "allows the entire sourcing process for Just products to be completed on the Advise Wise Platform."
Apple introduced a new API that allows third-party apps to integrate subscriptions with Apple Podcasts. One of the integrations lets users listen to Apple Music radio shows from the podcasts UI.
Rocker, a financial health company, announced a partnership with Snowdrop, a location-enhanced data enrichment platform. IBS Intelligence reported that the partnership allows Rocker to use Snowdrop's transaction data enrichment API.
General Motors announced the release of its uServices API. According to the announcement, "uServices is meant to serve as GM's own API for other software developers to build apps that can work across multiple lineups of vehicles."
Tesla announced the release of its official API. The available documentation for Tesla's Fleet API shows that there are features related to charging, vehicles, and telemetry, among others. See additional coverage on Electrek.
Marco Palladino wrote "API Summit 2023 Recap." The article highlights interesting moments from the Kong event that happened in September 2023. Among other announcements, Kong introduced Insomnia 8.0 and a UI for their Gateway OSS called Kong Manager Open Source.
Alex Broadbent published "APIDays London Conference 2023 Summary." In this piece, the author shares a list of recommended talks, including links to their full video recordings. The list includes "API Management is Broken" by Josh Twist from Zuplo, and "Everything Everywhere All at Once: API as a Product" by Rob Prince from Just Eat.
Tray.io, an iPaaS, added a feature that uses AI to identify the efficient way to automate workflows. DevOps.com reports that "Tray Universal Automation Cloud service can be invoked via three distinct application programming interfaces (APIs) to programmatically create workflows."
Microsoft announced a partnership with Snap to leverage Chat Ads API for Sponsored Links in Snapchat's My AI. "The partnership offers advertisers a richer, more targeted approach to engaging Snapchat's 750 million monthly active users," as reported by the Search Engine Journal. See additional coverage on the Search Engine Land, MSPowerUser, and TechCrunch.
Cohere, an enterprise generative AI startup, rolled out Coral, a chatbot API that will enable developers to integrate conversational capabilities into their organization's services. Voicebot.ai reports that a free demo is available.
Funding and M&A
Alpaca, a stock and crypto brokerage service, raised $15 million in a convertible note. SBI Group was the only investor in this strategic operation that had the goal of expanding Alpaca's operation to Asia.
OpenSea, an NFT marketplace, issued a statement warning about the safety of their API keys. The statement came out after an incident that impacted approximately 7% of OpenSea's users, as reported by the Coin Republic. See additional coverage on the Crypto Navigator, BSC News, Protos, and Nation World News.
8x8, an integrated cloud contact center product, announced a new SMS fraud prevention API. According to the announcement, the new API "proactively detects and prevents fraudulent activities through automated fraud alerts."
Alisa Duncan wrote "Why You Should Migrate to OAuth 2.0 From Static API Tokens." According to the author, migrating from Static API tokens to OAuth 2.0 offers more robust security, flexibility, and a better developer experience to call external APIs and access the resources of third parties.
Techopedia published "Zombie APIs: Risks and Remedies for Modern Businesses." This article explores the notion of zombie APIs and how they can become a security threat. According to the author, "Organizations can look to address zombie APIs by running automated scanning with an API vulnerability scanner."