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March 13, 2013
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  • Opinion: Open APIs may diminish, but private models are flourishing
    Despite the closure of Netflix's open API program to new developers, the applications programming interface business "on the whole is growing like crazy," Runscope co-founder John Sheehan writes, especially for private or partner APIs. "Infrastructure providers like Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe have shaken up entrenched, crowded markets by providing better APIs," he writes. And APIs are essential to software-as-a-service, consumer Internet companies and retailers such as Target, which is deriving business intelligence from the use of APIs, Sheehan writes. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • New tool enables websites to analyze Pinterest traffic
    Pinterest is launching an analytic tool that will allow companies to find out how many times their website content is posted on Pinterest and how many visitors they get through Pinterest. The move is considered part of Pinterest's efforts to monetize its services. TechCrunch (3/12), TechCrunch (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • StartApp follows search success with "Exit Ad" option
    StartApp, a mobile-monetization platform, has reached the 500 million-download milestone while clocking 1 billion page views a month, John Koetsier writes. The company is adding to its popular search platform with an "Exit Ads" feature, which enables users to utilize an application without exposure to ads. VentureBeat (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook sets dates for Mobile+Web DevCon 2013
    Facebook has set up Mobile+Web DevCon 2013 events for mobile developers in Seoul, London and New York City starting April 18. In a video posted to promote the events, Facebook's James Pearce said the conferences would be "technical" and oriented toward helping developers build their mobile businesses. "Facebook has had an exciting couple of years in mobile -- we have rebuilt our iOS, Android apps and mobile web apps, and we've retooled our entire business around mobile," says Pearce. Mashable (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • FTC guidelines say new-media ads should stick to old rules
    The Federal Trade Commission has warned advertisers against deceptive practices involving social media, regardless of the space limitations of media such as Twitter to make disclosures. "Advertisers should make sure their disclosures are clear and conspicuous on all devices and platforms that consumers may use to view their ads," FTC's Lesley Fair wrote in a blog post accompanying a new set of guidelines. Reuters (3/12), The Wall Street Journal (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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