Simon Willison’s Weblog


Friday, 21st September 2007

Quechup: Another Social Network Enemy! This is why we need to stop teaching users that it’s OK to give their e-mail username and password to any site that asks for it.

# 11:36 pm / oauth, openid, quechup, socialnetworks, spam

OAuth: Your valet key for the Web. OAuth is a really important new specification that aims to solve the “give this application permission to do X on my behalf” problem once and for all.

# 11:34 pm / apis, authentication, oauth, openid, specification, web-services

The Rubinius Sprint. Sun are throwing a ton of resources at Ruby, because as Tim Bray says, “it’s not fast enough”. Imagine where they’d be if they’d invested this kind of support in Jython five years ago...

# 11:32 pm / java, jython, open-source, python, rubinius, ruby, sourgrapes, sun, tim-bray

Google To “Out Open” Facebook On November 5. “Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Google Talk and other Google services over time.”

# 11:23 pm / gmail, google, google-talk, igoogle, michaelarrington, openid, orkut, socialgraph, techcrunch

Amazon guide to ripping your CDs. “Many of our customers have already figured out that one cheap way to get DRM-free MP3 files is to buy them on CD and rip them themselves.”

# 11:20 pm / amazon, cds, drm, funny

We're not acting as a block. Our key aim is to offer a similar experience on the mobile Web as the PC-based Web. In doing that there is a white list which people can apply for.

Vodafone UK Spokesperson

# 2:58 pm / contradiction, mobileweb, vodafone