Portable Contacts API Starts to Get Real

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As reported in the O’Reilly Radar blog this week, software developers got together for a “hackathon” in San Francisco on Sept. 10 to contribute to a Portable Contacts API, now under development by volunteers in the Internet industry. The Portable Contacts API is designed to make it easier for developers to give users a secure way to access their address books and friends lists they have built up in different places on the Web. “While the individual building blocks are fairly geeky themselves, pulling them together like has been happening tonight shows that we're only at the beginning of building the next generation of social networks,” wrote David Recordon, open platforms tech lead for Six Apart, an independent blogging company that hosted the event. READ MORE
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