Plaxo pushes for “open social Web”

Plaxo endorses and implements key open standards, OpenID and microformats
Plaxo endorsed emerging standards for online identity and personal information management, OpenID and microformats. The company has updated the beta of Plaxo 3.0 to include support for these open standards and has published an OpenID implementation guide, available online.

For sites honoring OpenID, users do not need to generate and remember yet another username and password. Instead, they can sign-in with personal URL that they have registered with any OpenID Provider. Microformats are standards-based data formats that identify specific information on a Web page such as a calendar event or contact information and allow it to be shared with other services.

In addition, the company has implemented the microformats hCard and hCal as part of the Plaxo 3.0 to share information and support more mashups in the future. Public profiles, a feature of the service, now use the hCard format for contact info, giving users the ability use their profile information on any of the growing list of services that consume hCard data. Public or shared calendars display events with hCal formatting, giving users the ability to leverage their calendar in other event-related services that support hCal.

SECUDE unveils SECUDE secure mail

SECUDE International AG releases its encryption solution SECUDE secure mail. This version is qualified for use with Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

The encryption solution supports both OpenPGP and S/MIME thus offering enterprises flexibility as well as interoperability between different encryption formats. This version allows an automatic migration of PGP encryption keys into SECUDE secure mail and employees are able to continue using their former encryption keys.

SECUDE secure mail can be combined with the data encryption and signature software SECUDE secure file. This combined solution assures confidentiality, authenticity, data integrity, and non-repudiation of origin. Message and document security provides companies with the means to manage compliance with data protection and privacy regulations in a heterogeneous IT ecosystem.

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