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The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge by Doc Searls

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APIs

Baking an organization’s core competence into API is an economic imperative.

—Craig Burton1

In the early 1980s, when computers on desktops began to replace the “dumb terminals” of corporate computing systems, “local area networks”—better known as LANs—were required. Competition was fierce between different LAN data protocols (Ethernet vs. Token Ring), wiring topologies (bus vs. ring vs. star), cabling (thick and thin twisted pair, coaxial, twin-axial, and other ...

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