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+ - myOpenID closes shop->

Submitted by fswine
fswine (1169091) writes "An email I received:

Hello,

I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, Iâ(TM)m confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise â" that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.

Sincerely,
Larry

--
Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc.

Janrain, Inc. |Â519 SW 3rd Ave, Suite 600, Portland OR 97204 |Â888.563.3082 |Âjanrain.com"

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Education

+ - Khan Academy for Software Engineering?

Submitted by blaster151
blaster151 (874280) writes "Khan Academy has received a great deal of attention recently for its innovative, low-tech approach to knowledge acquisition. It features a vast library of single-topic tutorial videos and (more importantly) presents them as very bite-sized chunks in a hierarchically organized structure. Interactive exercises allow a motivated learner to progress through hundreds of math and science exercise sets, attaining proficiencies in a game-like, flow-inducing manner. Significant chunks of scientific learning have become accessible, free, and less intimidating to the uninitiated.

I'd like to ask Slashdot readers if they see the possibility of creating the same type of interactive, incremental learning system for computer science and software engineering. Could concepts and knowledge be organized into a roughly hierarchical structure to allow learners to start with the absolute basics but progress through concepts like advanced algorithms, database systems, object-oriented programming, multiple languages and platforms, high-level software architecture, etc? What barriers would exist to the creation of such a system and could bite-sized interactive exercises be implemented as effectively as Khan Academy does it for more traditional branches of science?"
Censorship

+ - #china revolution set to start 2pm Shanghai time-> 2

Submitted by h00manist
h00manist (800926) writes "Online pages call for protests in 13 cities in China, at 2:00 pm Shanghai time, 1:00 am EST, Twitter tag being used is #cn220. In spite of China censoring Middle East protests, now known as "Jasmin Revolutions", Chinese people are inspired. Instructions for participating are being censored, help re-posting is requested. They keep disappearing, and then popping up everywhere on the net, and being censored again. Yes, I used the google translated version to understand Chinese."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Bans Free Software from WP Marketplace 1

Submitted by mvar
mvar (1386987) writes "A ban on GPL3 and similarly compatible, copyleft licensed software has been found in the terms of use for Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace. The terms, noted in a posting on open source evangelist Jan Wildeboer's blog, were originally noticed in a discussion among Nokia developers who were evaluating the issues involved with Nokia's switch to WP7; both Nokia's Symbian and MeeGo platforms have been free and open source friendly. The ban, in section 5.e of the terms, forbids any software which is subject to an "Excluded Licence"; it defines that in section 1.l as any licence which requires, as a condition of distribution, that the source code for the application be made available, or allow the creation of derivative works or redistribution at no charge. It specifically names GPLv3 licences and includes the General Public Licnce (GPL) version 3, the GNU Affero GPL version 3, and the GNU Lesser GPL version 3 as examples of excluded licences."
Google

+ - Googles MarissaMayer Deletes Sensitive Apple Tweet->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Google's Marissa Mayer Deletes Sensitive Apple Tweet

Marissa Mayer, the Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google, deletes a Tweet in which she linked a satirical article on BBspot ( http://www.bbspot.com/News/2009/07/google-removes-apple.html ) about the whole Google Voice iPhone app removal brouhaha ( http://apple.slashdot.org/story/09/07/28/1839241/Apple-Kills-Google-Voice-Apps-On-the-iPhone ; http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/27/apple-is-growing-rotten-to-the-core-and-its-likely-atts-fault/ ), titled "Google Pulls Apple from Search Results".

In it, an author of the comedy news site writes that Google has removed all search results leading to Apple.com from its index, and redirecting searches for "iPhone" and "app store" to the IMDb.com page for Payback.

Mayer gets quoted a couple of times in the piece as well:

        Google's official explanation for removing Apple from its search results came from Vice-President in charge of search, Marissa Mayer, "Those search results duplicate a lot of the functionality of other sites. For example, people can find cell phones on many other sites. We just think this makes it easier for our users."

Pretty funny for much everyone, but for such a key Google employee to link to that article could be a bit offensive to some (both inside Google and Apple), hence the removal, probably.

TechCrunch : http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/29/oops-marrisamayer-deletes-sensitive-tweet-that-can-still-be-found/"

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