October 18, 2013
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OpenID holds much promise as a means of supporting a single digital identity that can be used across the Internet. Currently there are several types of OpenID identity providers out there, and several of the major players on the web, including AOL, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo!, have committed to become OpenID providers as well. While there is some concern about the 'Balkanization' of OpenID by these service providers (essentially the concern is over the fact that service providers will only provide OpenIDs and subsequently they will not become consumers of OpenIDs from other providers), the positive side of this adoption is that hundreds of millions of existing user accounts can now be used as OpenIDs.
As Pinterest endures its second attack in as many weeks, Twitter is subsequently auto-flooded with fake weight-loss posts that are designed to lure followers into a trap that could expose personal information and account credentials. For its part, Pinterest's lack of transparency regarding the matter stands in contrast to industry standard best practices for such breaches.
For those in the sales game, more is obviously better, but the success of generating hundreds of promising leads can be tainted by the problems that arise in managing and keeping track of those leads efficiently. Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems exist to tackle this very issue, however, a lot of them have proved to be either too complex or simply insufficient. Karma is a CRM that aims to provide the perfect balance between relevant features and simple usability in order to create a tool that promotes better business. The company has also released the KarmaCRM API which is great news for developers who want to integrate its functionality with other applications.