Meerkat launches developer platform and API

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Meerkat has launched a developer platform and APIs to assist third-party developers in building tools for the independent streaming video service. The move distinguishes Meerkat from Periscope, the competing service that Twitter launched in the wake of Meerkat’s high-profile debut. Shortly after Periscope launched, Twitter cut off Meerkat. TechCrunch is reporting that in the nine weeks since Meerkat launched, 37 developers have built add-ons to the app using the company’s private API, including stream discovery, automatic uploads to YouTube and analytics tools. With the Meerkat API, developers can pull current or scheduled streams as well as details, comments and watchers. There’s no way to post a…

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