Google & Authentication

In order to use some of Google's features, especially when modifying a user's data, you must use their authentication scheme. Currently, they only provide an authentication mechanism for desktop/client-side applications. But their site says that a web-based authentication proxy is coming in late April, which is... oh, about now. :)

Account Authentication for Installed Applications: The ClientLogin API lets you use programmatic login in your desktop or mobile applications. This API incorporates CAPTCHA for greater security against password trollers.

No more Error=BadAuthentication

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.