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4:54 am on Mar 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-yahoo-login-idUSBREA2407820140305 [reuters.com]

Yahoo to stop user access of services with Facebook, Google IDs

Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials.

The change, which will be rolled out gradually according to a Yahoo spokeswoman, will require users to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use any of the Internet portal's services.
11:20 am on Mar 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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This is an interesting strategic move by Yahoo to try and bring users back into Yahoo's ecosystem.
11:34 am on Mar 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if G and F were getting some valuable data from that arrangement.
12:03 pm on Mar 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Quite likely, but importantly, and strategically, Yahoo didn't have the logins and control.

There are some security issues, imho, too.
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About time for such a company.
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Not too long ago Yahoo 'retired' usernames that haven't logged in for a period of time. New users tend to require phone verification too.

I wonder how much this move will affect their current traffic levels from people who don't sign up or don't have a Yahoo ID already. Obviously they've decided that the risk is worth taking.
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I used my Yahoo ID for the first time in a couple of years, and I had forgotten my password. They have certainly went out of their way to make it as quick and painless as possible to recover it. I guess this is also part of the plan. Make it as easy as possible for users to recover lost passwords.

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I can understand why they're doing it, but as a user I do dislike this 'cantonisation' of the web. It's a chore to have a zillion usernames and passwords.
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'cantonisation' and multiple passwords have a side effect of security partitioning. When IDs are stolen from one of the sites, this has no effect on other accounts. Single sign-on is more vulnerable in this aspect.
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I've only used yahoo stuff with a login when I have really really wanted to (e.g. yahoo directory listing). It's been a while. Nothing I've needed of their stuff at all via *any* login since as a regular internet user.

I get the thinking behind it - but the implementation - who will sign in - all I can suggest is they better make their user experience of joining a whole lot better and easier than it has been in the past.
 

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