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Thin identity -- the missing web service
By Dave Winer on Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 3:21 PM.

A picture named beetlejuice.jpgI wish there were a web service that had a simple XML and/or JSON interface that made it easy for a user to establish a username and password.  #

Such a service, if it had reasonable terms of service, could clean up among developers who want to invest in a net outside of Twitter, Facebook and Apple.  #

Why doesn't Amazon have a simple authentication service? This person says he or she is bullmancuso. Great, is this his password? Yes or no. That's all we need.  #

How about Visa or Mastercard. A bank? #

I suspect we don't have it because of the confusion about OAuth. Shame cause it's desperately needed. #

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