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Facebook has rolled out a number of changes to APIs used by developers for things like accessing events, group administration, page management and using Facebook for logging into to other apps and services. And while the changes are another step in the road to tying down rogue apps, it's not all smooth sailing.

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This morning, Dropbox announced the release of DBX Platform. This is a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox that includes new integrations with Atlassian’s JIRA Software, Autodesk tools and Microsoft Outlook. I spoke with Dropbox's Head of Solutions Architecture Dan Iversen about the new features.

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As the number of images we store on cloud services increases, it gets harder and harder to find that specific image you're looking for. That happened to me just yesterday. I knew what was in the pictures I wanted but there was no easy way to find them. Box is now integrating Google's Cloud Vision APIs into their products to help find images stored on their service.

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While I was in the US recently, I was surprised by a billboard I saw, that was overlooking Canal Street in New Orleans. It was advertising a company whose entire business was built around selling APIs. Tech advertising in the US is always interesting - I've saw ads on TV discussing IoT three or four years ago and when you drive through parts of California advertising for tech companies is common.

But the move towards APIs is fascinating as it signals a major change in how software development happens and what the next generation of applications will bring.