Dropbox upgrades API for its lightweight app databases

Apps that tap Dropbox's Datastore API can now let their users share the stored data with other people

Dropbox's Datastore API, which gives apps a lightweight cloud database for storing structured user data, like settings and contacts, has been extended to let apps store data locally if users aren't logged into Dropbox.

The Datastore API now also lets users share their data with others, and has a new feature designed to simplify and improve how web apps get notified about changes in the data repositories, Dropbox announced Wednesday.

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