The apocalypse is upon us: Walgreens has an API and SDK

Walgreens — yes Walgreens — has released an application programming interface (API) and a software development kit (SDK) to allow mobile developers to enable photo printing from Android and iPhone smartphones. The company has opened a developer portal (and a new Twitter account) to support mobile programmers who are enabling photo printing to 7,907 Walgreens locations across the country.

Dean Takahashi’s opening comments for GamesBeat 2012

Welcome to our fourth annual GamesBeat conference. I’d like to thank everyone who got us here. Matt Marshall, Alicia Saribalis, Stacy Cohen, Elyssa Thorp, Shannon Dow, Garrett McCullum, Jason Spangenthal and the rest of our great VentureBeat business staff. On the writing side, last year we had just two game writers. But last fall we began a big expansion. Sebastian Haley came on board as our reviews writer. And he recruited Dan Shoe as our editor-in-chief of GamesBeat. Both of them are here. Please stand up. We’ve also added Jason Wilson as a copy editor on the GamesBeat team recently. That’s just our internal crew. We also have around 20 active interns and freelance writers doing stories about gaming on both the consumer and business sides. We have staffed up because we believe this is the most exciting time in the game industry’s history. We have 81 people speaking over the next two days who are making that history happen.

eCommerce: 16,000 interviews in 16 countries show developing nations are more digital than us

Secure in our digital enclaves with high-speed WIFI powering smart TVs, smartphones, smart appliances, and even smart toilets, we tend to think we’re pretty technologically sophisticated in the Western world. Which just goes to show how easily we are being leapfrogged by “developing” nations that have gone mobile and digital faster, in some ways, than the U.S.

Funding Daily: It’s like the San Diego firework fiasco of investment

All the news that lay dormant surrounding the July 4th holiday exploded all at once today in the funding world. Sometime amidst the barbecuing and pool parties, major deals were struck involving massive amounts of money. The biggest story, juicier than that rare burger dripping with cheese you gobbled last week, was GitHub at long last taking a round of VC money — and what a round it was. Check out the other interesting bits below.

What has Microsoft done for Skype? You’d be surprised

Roughly a year after Microsoft’s spectacular $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, technology pundits across the globe continue to scratch their heads in bewilderment trying to figure out what the behemoth from Redmond has done to justify the hefty price tag paid for the Swedish VoIP giant. With the company’s questionable acquisition history of businesses in the consumer internet space, it’s safe to say the question is nothing but warranted.

Google Hangout competitor, Meetings.io, attracts 100K users in 2 months (exclusive)

Google Plus, eat your heart out. Group video conferencing service Meetings.io has grown to 100,000 users since launching in April. The startup’s three founders have been heads down developing screen-sharing and file transfer features, released today, with lofty plans of taking on Webex and other clunky video conference services for the enterprise.