Facebook Messenger Will Now Give Context to That Random Person Messaging You

Facebook has long allowed people to message you even if you’re not friends with them. Oftentimes, those messages wind up in that “Other” inbox inside Messenger. You don’t know what I’m talking about? That’s ok, plenty of Facebook users probably…

Hawaii Woman’s Name Too Long for License

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is changing a policy after Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s name was too long to fit on her state identification card and driver’s license. Presently, there’s a 35 character limit on state-issued identification cards, and the 36th…

Yahoo Moves Forward With Account Transfer Plans, Lets Users Make ID Wishlists

Last month, Yahoo announced its plans to deactivate inactive accounts, and give some more desirable Yahoo IDs and email addresses to loyal users who want them. The thinking is that users will be able to get things like albert@yahoo.com rather…

Google’s Open Web Advocate Talks White House Web ID Plan

As previously reported, the White House is working on a "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" or NSTIC, in which it has placed the Commerce Department in charge of an "Identity Ecosystem". The initiative has drawn a mixture of praise and criticism, and judging by our own readers’ comments, there is a whole lot of criticism. More on this here.

White House Plan for Web Identity Ecosystem a Tough Sell So Far

Update: Read more on this from our conversation with Google Open Web Advocate and OpenID Board member, Chris Messina.