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Some Awesome New Tech This Past Week

eTech and SXSW were definitly two of the hot places to announce new services. It started exactly a week ago where Tom Coates from Yahoo! Brickhouse birthed a Fire Eagle which is a location service. I'm really interested in Fire Eagle because of how simple it really is. Some applications update your location (like Dopplr does for me) and then you can grant access to other applications to lookup your location.

This morning Ben announced the plugin he wrote for Movable Type which integrates Fire Eagle. This all started last week during a hackathon where Ben wrote the majority of the plugin (giving authors a concept of "current location") and then Mark and I added support for Action Streams to the plugin a few days ago. I'm excited and hoping to see more apps integrate with Fire Eagle.

ClickPass also launched while at SXSW a few days ago with the goal of making OpenID dead simple for an average user. I've known Peter for awhile now and he originally showed Scott and I a demo of it last OSCON. While a debate rages on about "customized login buttons", I'm glad for how much effort the ClickPass team has put into making OpenID simple to use. It may not end up being the perfect solution, but it really is a nice step forward toward mass usage of OpenID.

socialthing! was another service launched at SXSW which I had also played with a few months ago. TechCrunch has a really nice writeup so I won't really go into more detail. My one beef is that it asks me for my passwords when I'm adding a new service since it wants to be able to interact with APIs on my behalf. I know it's coming, but I'd love to see a way to use it just to read lifestream content and not have to fork over my passwords from the beginning. OAuth will also be really useful to solve this problem!


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Mar. 13th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to get an invite for FireEagle? Would be interested to have a look at it.
Mar. 13th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Drop me an email and I'll send you one.
Mar. 14th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Hi David,

Thank you for the mention and very glad you like it. There are a few kinks and bumps to iron out but it seems to be getting the right responses, we're very pleased.

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