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Facebook’s Latest Invention (According to CNet, which dropped the ball this time)

02-Dec-08 01:10 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Occasionally, one can’t help but get the idea the folks at CNet don’t like Microsoft very much.  And today’s latest example relates to a couple of stories they did concerning Facebook.com’s new authentication service offering.

The service, called “Facebook Connect”, is one among a very few authentication services online – and the only one, according to the journalists crafting the stories in question, which holds the promise of becoming ubiquitous – even more so than the alleged leaders in this technological niche: OpenID, recently touted by Yahoo.

Did you guys ever hear of a little-known product called Microsoft Windows Live ID?

Why Live ID which has been the centrepiece of Microsoft’s online authentication offering for years (formerly Microsoft Passport and Passport.NET) and has been adopted by thousands of websites went unmentioned is unknown to me.  Were I to indulge in the same hyperbole and speculation CNet did in researching this story, I might just try to convince you Live ID is the only viable authentication option for web-facing applications.  Yay Microsoft!  Microsoft rules!  Ra ra ra!

But even I as an evangelist and enthusiast of Microsoft technologies would be ashamed to be so nakedly one-sided.  And so should CNet be, after letting these articles hit the web without edits introducing so much as a pretence of credible research and balanced reporting.

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