January 19, 2005 3:16 PM PST

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Online auctioneer eBay officially has notified customers that it will no longer allow them to log on through Microsoft's identity management service, Passport.

As previously reported, the move is the latest blow to Passport, which had originally been marketed as a single online storage place for Internet users' sensitive data. The authentication system has been scaled back to support only services from Microsoft and its close partners.

"As of January 24, 2005, eBay will no longer support Microsoft Passport as a means to sign in," the online auctioneer stated in an e-mail message dated Wednesday and seen by CNET News.com.

A representative of eBay confirmed that the company had sent messages to its members and that it would stop supporting Passport authentication beginning Jan. 24.

Microsoft previously stated that the move was expected, as the software giant has slowly been paring back the Passport service. The service has had to fight security problems, plus regulatory problems and the desire of competitors to create their own system, known as the Liberty Alliance.

Microsoft made changes to its service that prompted eBay to drop support, the online auctioneer previously stated.


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This is old news
Why is this posted now?
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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I heard about this a month ago.
Posted by wazzledoozle (288 comments )
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Not old news
This is not old news. This was previously reported as something Ebay "was going to do." Yesterday, they sent the official notification to registered users. Yesterday's notification is the event actually taking place, and is considered news. Something that actually happened.
Posted by David Arbogast (1709 comments )
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to the author: what's the change?
what did microsoft change that prompted ebay to stop supporting Passport?
Posted by Dibbs (158 comments )
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Probably Nothing...
Microsoft probably changed nothing...
EBay claims streamlining and simplification... their financial report shows lower than expected earnings. I imagine that not supporting Passport in addition to their own authentication would reduce some expenditure.... and remove a redundant authentication scheme. Besides... Passport isn't really catching on in a big way.
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