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.
Yahoo-owned photo-sharing service Flickr is getting more flexible with regards to how users can sign in. The site has started to support OpenID, and Google is its first partner in this endeavor.
Google has announced that it is now using OpenID for its signup process. Yahoo users can sign up for a Google Account with their existing email address.
Google says that "a much larger number of people" complete the email verification process when OpenID is used.