• Account Chooser: A Better Way To Log In To The Web?

    Account Chooser: A Better Way To Log In To The Web?

    The OpenID Foundation will open the doors to the third OpenID Summit on Monday, September 12, 2011 around noon. Of course, you won’t be there, because you’ll be attending or livestreaming the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting. The event, which is co-sponsored by Microsoft and will be held at its Research Campus in Mountain… Read More

  • Hey Facebook, Your Code Is Showing (Comment Login From Google/Twitter/Etc)

    Last week, as we rolled out our new Facebook Comments system, we noted that two useful options were pulled at the last second: Twitter and Google login. And today brings more proof of that: the code still exists and works in the comment plugin itself! As dug up by Inside Facebook, a simple line of JavaScript can add back in the option for users to log-in with their Google and Twitter… Read More

  • Quora vs. StackExchange: Why, Joel, Why?

    The Q&A land rush is on. Quora, of course, has been hyped to the moon, and not without reason. Fortune magazine recently profiled five more Q&A sites, and three new ones just launched: Cloudy, where your friends answer your questions via SMS; Setlr1, which is like Twitter for yes/no questions; and InboxQ, Q&A on Twitter. Is this a bubble full of copycats doomed to wither into… Read More

  • Google Ready To Slurp Up More Yahoo Users With OpenID Sign-Ups

    Google just made it easier for people with Yahoo accounts to sign up for a Google account. With one click, you can now use your Yahoo credentials to sign up for a Google account such as Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader, or even AdWords. The one-click sign-up is done using OpenID, which both Google and Yahoo support. It also uses the OAuth authentication method quickly becoming the… Read More

  • Google Profiles Turn Into OpenIDs

    As part of its push to go more social, Google has been attempting to unify its various account profiles into one Google Profile. And now it’s more useful. Google’s Brad Fitzpatrick has just tweeted out that Google Profiles can now be used as OpenIDs. What this means is that you can sign into any site that accepts OpenID simply by using your Google Profile domain. Luckily, a few… Read More

  • US Government To Embrace OpenID, Courtesy Of Google, Yahoo, PayPal Et Al.

    During the video interview with OpenID evangelist Chris Messina I recorded earlier this year at a German conference about the state of OpenID, he expressed his wish that the Obama administration would soon start to embrace the decentralized, single sign-on method as a way for citizens to engage with the U.S. government online. Four months later, it looks like his dreams are becoming… Read More

  • Google Points At WebFinger. Your Gmail Address Could Soon Be Your ID.

    There’s some excitement around the web today among a certain group of high profile techies. What are they so excited about? Something called WebFinger, and the fact that Google is apparently getting serious about supporting it. So what is it? It’s an extension of something called the “finger protocol” that was used in the earlier days of the web to identify people by… Read More

  • FreeYourID Gives Up On Trying To Monetize OpenID

    In an e-mail to its user base and with a short notice on its main website, FreeYourID has announced that it will be shutting down its service after nearly two years and a half in business. After August 15, the web service will be discontinued without a hint of explanation about the reason for the folding, although we suspect it may have something to do with VeriSign taking over the… Read More

  • Can Sears Help OpenID Go Mainstream?

    It’s one thing when Internet companies like Facebook adopt OpenID, it’s another when a giant retailer like Sears Holdings Corporation embraces it. Sears has just announced that it will enable over 1 million monthly MySears and MyKmart visitors to use their Google, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other accounts to log into the community websites, enabling them to write product reviews… Read More

  • Vidoop Is Dead, Employees Getting Computers In Lieu Of Wages

    Bad news for Portland-based Open-ID startup Vidoop (as well as Vidoop partners like AOL, MySpace and Flock): it’s apparently out of business. Earlier this month the company announced layoffs, but based on an email string that was forwarded to us, the company is now “officially out of business” and winding down. From CEO Joel Norvell to Vidoop insiders, where he says that… Read More

  • Next09: Video Interview With Chris Messina On The Current State Of OpenID

    The last video interview I did at the Next09 conference in Hamburg that I wanted to feature here on TechCrunch is the conversation I had with mr. Captain Web 2.0 himself, open web advocate Chris Messina. Besides his involvements with Citizen Agency, the DiSo Project and Vidoop, Messina somehow finds the time to also be closely involved with the OpenID Foundation as a board member and… Read More

  • Facebook First Big Site To Really Embrace OpenID

    Apparently it’s embrace the developer community day at Facebook. In addition to the news that they are making activity stream data available to third party developers, they’ll also be making an announcement around OpenID, we’ve heard. And importantly, the announcement is that they’ll become what’s called a relying party, meaning anyone with an OpenID (Yahoo… Read More

  • Social Web Q&A with Google's Kevin Marks

    This guest post is written by Kevin Marks, Developer Advocate for OpenSocial at Google. Over the last 20 years he has alternated between giant companies and founding startups – BBC, The UK MultiMedia Corporation, Apple QuickTime, Technorati and now Google. He is one of the driving forces behind and advisor to the Open Rights Group. He wants you to remember that URLs… Read More

  • Facebook Pledges Support For OpenID; But Will Anything Change?

    The OpenID Foundation has just announced that Facebook’s Luke Shepard will be joining the OpenID board as a corporate member, and that Facebook has made a $50,000 donation to the cause. The news marks the first time Facebook has officially signed on with the campaign, though some of its employees have been actively involved with improving the open standard for some time. At this… Read More

  • OpenID + OAuth: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

    Today, Google and Plaxo released a hybrid protocol that combines OpenID, the open online identity standard, with OAuth, the secure data portability standard. Too often, when a Website wants to import your contacts from another Web service, it asks for your login and pasowrd credentials. OAuth gets around that by sending you back to the original site where you login and authorize the… Read More

  • Your Gmail Account is Now An OpenID

    You may not know it, but you probably have an OpenID. If you have a Yahoo account, you have an OpenID. If you have a Windows Live account, you will soon have an OpenID. And today, if you have a Google e-mail account, you can also start using your Gmail address as an OpenID. By joining the OpenID movement, Google completes the trifecta and adds all of its Gmail users to the hundreds of millions… Read More

  • Windows Live Adds Support For OpenID, Calls It De Facto Login Standard

    Login standard OpenID has gotten a huge boost today from Microsoft, as the company has announced that users will soon be able to login to any OpenID site using their Windows Live IDs. With over 400 million Windows Live accounts (many of which see frequent use on the Live’s Mail and Messenger services), the announcement is a massive win for OpenID. And Microsoft isn’t just… Read More

  • Facebook Connect and OpenID Relationship Status: “It’s Complicated”

    Editor’s Note: This post was contributed by John McCrea, VP of marketing for Plaxo, which is at the vanguard of the data portability movement. He also blogs at The Real McCrea and does a weekly video podcast about “opening up the Social Web” together with Joseph Smarr, David Recordon, and Chris Messina at The Social Web TV. As some of you know, I am a strong advocate of… Read More

  • Verisign's Personal Identity Portal Is Half Way To Password Bliss

    Verisign’s new Personal Identity Portal (PIP from now on) isn’t the sexiest application out there to help you manage passwords. But it has Verisign’s strong reputation for security behind it, and it is a surprisingly easy way to manage website credentials. PIP is a a single sign in solution that supports both OpenID (you are issued a Verisign OpenID) and direct sign in to… Read More

  • MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful

    MySpace is rolling out a couple of announcements this morning a day ahead of Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The first is confirmation of our story that they are supporting OpenID, although they aren’t releasing any details (It’s our belief that they will first issue OpenID IDs, and possibly become a relying party later). The company is also announcing the launch of two… Read More