Pinterest’s First API Is Here: A Widget for Popular Pins

Pinterest’s first API will help stores and brands display which of their items were most frequently and recently pinned.
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How to Escape the Dark Valley of Your Hadoop Journey

If the project mantra is “stand up, rinse and repeat,” it’s the “repeat” part that proves challenging.
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Nest Labs to Introduce Partner Developer Program

Nest Labs, makers of the Nest smart thermostat, announced on Wednesday that it plans to introduce a Web application programming interface in 2014, ultimately giving outside companies and app makers the chance to integrate with Nest’s products in new (and mostly unforeseen) ways. Nest’s first partner, home-automation company Control4, is a natural fit. Expect the open call for partners to begin early next year.

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Developers Can Now Integrate Jawbone Up Fitness Data

Fitness wristband maker Jawbone has opened up access to its API so developers can build and integrate tools for “data aggregation and visualization, gaming, marketing, rewards provisioning.” This extends a program that the Up band creator had launched for specific developers in April. It also helps bring Jawbone up to the level of competitors like Fitbit, which has long allowed developer data access.

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Spark Capital, Google Ventures, Homebrew Invest in Plaid, Maker of an API for Banking Data

Plaid, a startup that is working to clean up banking data for developers, has raised $2.8 million from Spark Capital, Google Ventures and Homebrew. The investment is the first to be announced from Homebrew, a seed-stage firm launched recently by Google vets Hunter Walk and Satya Patel.

Coder’s Site Tracks Trending Twitter GIFs in Real Time

Welcome to Twitter — in animated pictures.
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Appcelerator Buys API Connector Singly

Mobile platform company Appcelerator has bought Singly, an application programming interface integration tool that had much promise and had raised a $7 million Series A round just over a year ago, but only had a few customers (for instance, TimeHop, the nostalgic app that brings back old social media posts). Appcelerator has proven much more popular, with 500,000 mobile developers signed up. Though smaller, the deal follows other recent API startup acquisitions Parse and Mashery.

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Google Glass: What Marketers Should Know

Glass will be the next iPhone — but today it’s a Newton.
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What Is the Software Defined Data Center and Why Is It Important?

In the infrastructure space, there is a growing trend of companies calling themselves “software defined (x).”
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Dataminr Closes $30 Million Round

Dataminr, one of the more noteworthy startups to comb through and analyze Twitter data, raised $30 million in its third venture round, the company announced. The round, led by Venrock and Institutional Venture Partners, brings Dataminr’s total funds raised to $46.5 million. Dataminr scans the hundreds of millions of tweets sent daily, using algorithms to pinpoint new, noteworthy and otherwise important tweets from influential sources. The company services clients ranging from finance firms on Wall Street to government agencies, among others.

Twilio Names New Chief Revenue Officer