Well keeping with the tradition of only writing about the trendiest issues, there’s nothing more “trendy” and “hip” than the most recent demise of Wall Street. To that end the NY Times’ Big Chart of Failure went live this week (gee whiz, its interactive too).
One can’t help but scratch their head and wonder… how does this keep happening? Corporations get massive tax breaks from the government as is with the “legal person” doctrine (which is a load of something sticky, icky and smelly something if you ask me… and I don’t mean the ganj). One also can’t help but wonder what brand they’re smoking, when CEOs come out and say everything’s going to be fine while days later the company comes clean with billion or trillions of negative balances on their balance sheets, files for bankruptcy, or pleads for another tax-payer-backed bail-out.
The unfortunate fact is that everything’s related in this “Free Market” society, so tech companies will be hit hard in the coming quarter as well… and this is evident as VC spending seems to have slowed to a crawl, if not a total lack of existence. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever heard the saying “don’t be too open minded, or else your brains might leak out”?
Well we’re heading this advice as we consider the slew of “open” technologies out there claiming to streamline, secure, and otherwise improve the user experience with web applications and services.The next service we’ll be evaluating is oAuth, and support will likely be added very soon. A demo of oAuth is included below for you to test and see how it makes the integration of different sites even more convenient:
As the amount of content grows along with the number of users and services on BCmoney though, we do see the need to support the best open formats and initiatives early on. As such, we will be adding support for oAuth to our APIs.
oAuth works alongside other open authentication/identification services such as OpenID, in order to provide you access to your favorite websites and to enable seamless integrations between Bcmoney and your other favorite services.
Check out a Demo of the Data Portability possibilities of supporting oAuth below:
Here’s a presentation summarizing this information nicely:
Another useful resourcefor understanding how the OAuth 1.0a protocol works is the 4-part OAuth Guide by Eran Hammer-Lehav, in particular check out the Signing OAuth Authorization Requests step-by-step tool in part 4.
- The history of auth on the @twitterapi (mehack.com)
- OAuth through HTTP with Twitter (stackoverflow.com)
- OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token Specification Draft -16 (self-issued.info)
- Facebook OAuth extension ruffles feathers, nixes user access permission (zdnet.com)
- experation date of accessToken in oAuth protocol (stackoverflow.com)
- Wired Opinion: The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox (wired.com)
- A JQuery plugin for OpenID selector & DotNetOpenAuth integration in MVC (kevww.wordpress.com)
BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money
The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:
1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.
2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.
3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.