Yahoo's Location-Based Platform Takes Flight

<a href="">InformationWeek</a>, <a href="">The New York Times</a>

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

August 13, 2008

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Yahoo has launched Fire Eagle, a platform for location-based services that it says makes life easier for developers to create geo-aware applications.In beta since March, Fire Eagle is a free service already in use by more than 50 third-party developers, according to Yahoo. In use, it accepts location data from devices like mobile phones or from users themselves and makes that information available programmatically to third-party services. Users have control over how much, if any, of their information is distributed, and Yahoo doesn't store old data.

"Developers can focus on how they can use location in their services without having to build the infrastructure to work out where their users are. Fire Eagle -- combined with Yahoo's full suite of geo technologies -- now makes it practical for any service to become location-aware easily and inexpensively," the company said in a statement.InformationWeek, The New York Times

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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