New API Feature: Extended Scopes

Today we’re announcing some changes to make it easier for you to control which apps can see your data. There’s no reason why a private message app like Whisper also needs access to your Ohai journal or your Sunlit photos. Starting today, we’re giving developers the tools to ask you for access to just the data they need.

As developers integrate this feature, you’ll see an explicit list of what kinds of messages and files a developer is asking to access.

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Developers, we’re calling this new feature extended scopes. To get started:

  1. Fill in descriptions for any File or Channel content types you’ve created. See the Content Types documentation for more information.
  2. Review the Extended Scopes documentation.
  3. Migrate your app

If you have questions please ask them in the App.net developer Patter room.

 

Backer of the Day: Abby and Norma Limited Edition Poster

abbyandnormaToday’s Backer is for a limited edition poster from Erika Hammerschmidt, the writer, artist and creator of the webcomic Abby and Norma.

“I’m making a special Abby and Norma poster you can be proud to hang on your wall!” writes Erika. “From a distance it looks like a pretty geometric design, but get close and it’s made up of countless images from the comic, arranged neatly and symmetrically, interspersed with speech balloons just like the ones Abby and Norma use for conversation.”

Along with the poster there are a bevy of rewards for backing the campaign at every tier. Order your poster today.

 

OpenSSL “Heartbleed” Vulnerability Update

As of Monday evening, App.net has patched all our services against the Heartbleed/CVE-2014-0160 OpenSSL vulnerability and subsequently reissued our SSL certs with new keys.

While we have no evidence that confidential information was exposed in this case, it’s good practice to consider changing your password on App.net and elsewhere on the web.

We recommend using a strong password, to avoid using the same password you have used elsewhere, and to add two-factor authentication to your App.net account.

 

Backer of the Day: Xaq-Industries Limited Edition Poster

xaqindustriesToday’s Backer is for a limited edition poster from Xaq-Industries, which is responsible for the great webcomic Fortress of Holding.

As creator Zach Martin writes, “You’ve Got Red on You is my love letter not only to the cult classic film Shawn of the Dead, but also to my life long fascination with the living dead, the zombie apocalypse, and the under-dogged every-man style hero.”

Order your poster now.

Backer Update: Final Day for Tips from the Top Floor Poster

rain_over_reykjavikThere is just one day left to get your very own limited-edition poster of this photograph taken by @chrismarquardt, host of Tips from the Top Floor, a weekly podcast about photography.

This Backer has been successfully funded — reached on its first day! — so, if you back the campaign, you are guaranteed to get a poster. If you are a photographer yourself, check out @chrismarquardt‘s higher-priced rewards where he offers personalized reviews of your work.

Back this campaign now.

Backer of the Day: Should Open Classifieds Add Plugin Support?

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Today’s Backer is from the team at Open Classifieds who are gauging demand for adding plugin support for their open source software.

Open Classifieds began from a passion for open source software that enables people to start their own businesses. Help the team add a plugin system that allows integrating new software components and features into Open Classifieds.

If you think Open Classifieds should add plugin support, commit to funding its development.

 

New in Broadcast: You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, CHVRCHES….

2014-03-31 13.35.01Each week, we showcase some of our favorite Broadcast channels that you may have missed.

  • You Love Her Coz She’s Dead sends out Broadcasts every time new tracks are released to SoundCloud.
  • Some of our favorite bands continue to use Broadcast to update fans on new shows, songs, and other news. CHVRCHES is the latest band to light up our phones.
  • The hilarious Pie Comics, like many other webcomics, are sending out new comics via Broadcast.
  • Bitcoin continues to make headlines, and you can stay up on all the latest happenings by subscribing to Bitcoin Breaking News.
  • Our friends at Venture Beat have been using Broadcast to keep you up on which startups are getting funded.

What is App.net Broadcast?

App.net Broadcast makes it easy (and free) for anyone on an iPhone or Android device to publish and subscribe to real-time updates.

Remember, with Broadcast, publishers reach all their subscribers in real time, every time; and, likewise subscribers receive the updates from publishers they’ve chosen to subscribe to. App.net doesn’t decide which broadcasts you receive, you do.

The most popular Broadcast channels  publish regularly — once-a-day, or at least every other day — and include an image along with a ‘read more’ link. Publishers can get even more subscribers by using our promote tools.