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From Murray Altheim <murra...@altheim.com>
Subject Yahoo Joins Social Network Group, as Google Gives Up Control
Date Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:13:05 GMT
While I really balk at calling this a "programming standard", I was wondering
if anyone has yet looked into implementing portions of the OpenSocial API
for JSPWiki, since this is obviously gaining momentum and would garner us
a lot of visibility:

     As anticipated, Yahoo is joining the Google-led OpenSocial alliance, which is
     developing a common set of standards for programmers to create applications
     that can run on social networks and other sites.

     Yahoo has considered joining the alliance for months, according to people
     familiar with the company’s plans. But Yahoo executives fretted that Google
     might exert too much control over the evolution of OpenSocial and over any
     intellectual property created by the group, these people said. Yahoo raised
     those concerns with Google. Now, Google has agreed to give up control over
     OpenSocial.

     In announcing Yahoo’s entry into the alliance, the companies said that the
     programming standard would now be in the hands of the OpenSocial
     Foundation, a non-profit group whose founding members will include Google,
     Yahoo and MySpace, another large backer of OpenSocial. The foundation,
     which will be created within 90 days, will “ensure the neutrality and longevity
     of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social
     applications across the Web,” the companies said.

from:

   Yahoo Joins Social Network Group, as Google Gives Up Control
   Miguel Helft, Bits (NYT technology blog), 25 March 2008, The New York Times
   http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/yahoo-joins-social-network-group-as-google-gives-up-control/index.html

see also:

   OpenSocial
   http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/

--

Murray

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