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nicolas_popp | 08 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

There is no doubt that mashups will be an important construct of the next Internet. The ability to "compose" distributed Web services into one single aggregate service or view is a significant enabler. The lightweightness of HTML and JavaScript speak to the simplicity of a successful programming model. Add to this the emergence of open standards like OAuth, and the need to distribute functionality across screen boundaries (PC, mobile and IP TV), and the picture becomes very clear; mashups and widgets are likely lead the componentization of the Web and become an important distribution mechanism.

For mashups to become ubiquitous, a trust infrastructure is needed. To establish trust between a widget aggregator (a consumer portal, the enterprise portal or your homepage or TV screen), and a widget provider, protocols like OAuth essentially rely on the exchange of shared secrets. This works well when there are only a few big portals serving as aggregators. However, because they...

nicolas_popp | 17 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

The PIP team just released a new feature on Friday: a secure digital vault to store your most personal documents online. Think of it as a digital lock box in the cloud to store copies of your most important documents online (deed of trust, will, passport, property pictures for insurance, etc).

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Since, these documents are your secrets, all files are encrypted using key management best practices. To increase security, access to the vault requires two-factor authentication. If you already have a VIP token, simply link it to your PIP account. For our most cost conscious PIP users, we offer a free mobile version of the VIP OTP token. It can be downloaded to your phone here (I use the iPhone Beta version that will be available soon). Once strongly...