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More APIs from eBay, PayPal and Skype

More travel, now in Boston where I'm attending the eBay Developers Conference.

Couple of interesting data points and announcements from this morning's keynote presentation and Product announcements:

  • 9.2 billion API calls and 14.28 billion $USD gross merchandive volume for Q1 of 2007. Phew!
  • eBay Shopping Web Services -  a suite of faster, more responsive APIs that makes searching on eBay significantly faster and allows developers to easily create buying applications
  • New JavaScript and Flash Developer Centers - making it easier for JavaScript developers to access the eBay Web Services platform; Flash Developer Center launches next month
  • eBay Bidding API - qualified developers can enable bidding on eBay from anywhere beginning in Q3
  • Call Limit increase - Production calls increased from 10,000 per month to ~150,000 per month (based on a daily limit of 5,000), allowing developers to rapidly scale up their applications
  • eBay Client Alerts - lightweight, near real-time alerts about platform activity launches limited beta releasing in Q4

Om Malik also reports on what he considers the more interesting API announcements from PayPal - the enabling of mobile checkoutDamon Williams explains:

"Mobile payments aren't new to PayPal. We launched PayPal Mobile last year, with the Text2Buy and Text2Give features that enabled SMS-based payments. Mobile Checkout is much different though. It’s an actual WAP 2.0 enabled checkout process that any merchant that has an m-commerce site can implement. These new APIs truly opens up our platform to developers working in the mobile space."

And then there's Skype Extras - plug-ins written by independent third-party developers that can extend Skype functionality for end users. Currently the Skype developer blog hasn't been updated with any news on this.

Other news is that Damon Williams has announced the PayPal Certified Developer Program.

Lots going on.

Posted: Jun 11 2007, 12:39 PM by alexbarnett | with 5 comment(s)
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Phil Wolff said:

Skype's extras are just the plug-ins packaged for distribution through the Skype client's "extras manager". Extras are no more capable than other plug-ins; they use the same Skype APIs.

# June 12, 2007 12:01 AM

alexbarnett said:

thanks for the clarification Phil.

# June 12, 2007 9:04 AM

Stewart said:

In the UK the mobile operators are starting their own payment services 'pay-for-it' which effectively makes them banks...

# June 14, 2007 8:48 AM

Alex Barnett blog said:

Sorry for my recent silence on the blog - a combination of lots of travel (tomorrow will be my second

# June 23, 2007 7:54 AM

TrackBack said:

# July 5, 2007 3:02 PM