“EBay Inc. became the latest Web site to say it will stop using Microsoft Corp.’s Passport user authentication system, as Microsoft continues to scale back the service,” The Associated Press reports. “Microsoft once had big plans for Passport, which was designed to let Internet users have a single “username” and password that could be used on the Web sites of many different companies. It originally also stored credit card numbers in an attempt to make shopping at several sites more convenient, but Microsoft phased that out last year.”
“Passport will remain the login technology used on Microsoft’s own sites, including the free e-mail service Hotmail and the Encarta encyclopedia, but the company will no longer pursue its incorporation on a broad collection of outside sites,” AP reports. “This fall, online job posting service Monster Worldwide Inc. stopped using Passport. EBay, which is based in San Jose, Calif., this week announced it would drop it in late January.”
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