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Google opened “OpenID IDP” for public

Yesterday, Google released a limited access API for an OpenID — part of a single-sign on across websites on the Internet. Google has now removed the restriction so any site can use the API.

Also, Google strated pushing the XRDS file (a special type of file on the gmail.com servers that would check if Gmail run an OpenID identity provider) that let the users be able to use the service by typing gmail.com in the OpenID field of any login box that supports OpenID 2.0, similar to how Yahoo users can type yahoo.com or their Yahoo E-mail address. In the meantime, if you feel really geeky, you can type “https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id” into an OpenID 2.0 compliant login box and see the directed identity workflow in action.

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