Yahoo! instant log-ins take new OAuth
OpenID goes hybrid
Yahoo! has combined OpenID instant log-ins with OAuth data swapping. In other words, after logging in to a third party web site with your Yahoo! account, you can now swap profile data, contacts, and other info between the two.
On Friday afternoon, with a post to the Yahoo! Developer Network blog, the web giant announced its embrace of the OpenID OAuth Hybrid Protocol, which combines OpenID log-ins with OAuth access control in a single interface.
Google added the hybrid protocol to its accounts in late January. And on the other side of equation, you'll find third parties like Plaxo, a social networking outfit, and JanRain's RPX, which handles log-ins for various sites across the web.
Rather than set up a Plaxo account from scratch, Yahoo! users can sign in with their existing accounts, before feeding profile data and contacts between the two sites. And Google users can do much the same.
Yahoo! has also switched to OpenID's Popup UI, which lets you log-in to a third party site without a jump back to Yahoo! And in the interest of added security, it has given users the option of a creating a "sign-in seal," a kind of personal stamp that will appear whenever Yahoo! asks for a password.
Yahoo! is one of several big-name tech outfits running OpenID trials for Barack Obama and federal CIO Vivek Kundra. The Center for Information Technology, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services are testing the technology before it's rolled out across other federal sites. ®
Yahoo and Google sharing private data?
...And with federal interest? No. Just.....no.
This Will Make It Easier....
For the bottom-feeders!
Really, all these "conveniences" to push the users to "affiliates" are:
1)Not all that convenient for the end-user
2)Another cost for the affiliates with lame offerings nobody wants anyway
3)A useful aggregate for the parasites who prefer options.
4)Profit for Wahoo for doing nothing
Paris has a similar business model: Profit from vapor!
Yahoo are idiots.
Yahoo used to be a simple to use reliable e-mail service. Now the site is cluttered with useless links and services -- it offered to notify my mobile of new mails, I applied and it assumed I was in the Ukraine.
I prefer to use the US portal for news, but Yahoo detects that I'm in the UK (this time) and impertinently over-rides my Home Page choice, sending me to the UK site full of nonsense about Z-list celebs in London.
Worse, the site is frequently marred by intrusive Flash ads -- meatballs raining on my e-mail text from some kids cartoon movie ad ? Keyboard freezes as the Flash hogs all resources. Only solution, crash out of my browser of choice and use Firefox with Flash blocking.
Hotmail is a refuge by comparison -- Microsoft didn't have to offer to buy Yahoo, the present management are simply destroying the business for them.