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By: Anonymous

Wed, 31 May 2006 13:29:13 +0000

Google... Google news and reviews...

By: dorai

Tue, 30 May 2006 20:32:44 +0000 It is under pages (but was marked draft). I corrected it. Thanks again, Dorai

By: Fred

Tue, 30 May 2006 19:37:21 +0000

Hi Dorai, Great! I am happy to see that you are looking forward by thinking about implementing such concepts in you product. BTW "we are working"... who is this "we"? I can't find an about section on this blog, it's sad :\ Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any question or want to talk about anything else, you know where to contact me. have a nice day, Salutations, Fred

By: dorai

Tue, 30 May 2006 18:59:19 +0000

Fred, Thanks. I will take a look and send you questions/comments. I am pretty excited about the possibilities. We introduced RSS feeds in our product InfoMinder (which tracks web pages and converts the changes into RSS feeds). We are working on integrating RSS feeds into a portal framework. So Awasu may definitely help. Thanks again.

By: Fred

Tue, 30 May 2006 18:50:10 +0000

Hi Dorai, I will give you some hints vis-a-vis the security of email web feeds. Gmail (and probably most of similar services, because there is a lot of them (feeds of emails)) use a SSL channel to deliver the content to the web feed reader. Most of the web feed readers on the market know the SSL and HTTPAuth protocol for that purpose. I already developed a protocol for secure distribution of content via web feeds called SWFP (Secure Web Feed Protocol). You can take a look at it there: I also wrote a section in that document where I try to articulate why I think that the SSL/HTTPAuth method is not necessarly the best (but is a really good one). You can also check some of my blog post in the Web and Security section of my blog to read other blog posts about that question (secure web feeds and GMail). Hope it help you in your research, Salutations, Fred

By: dorai

Tue, 30 May 2006 16:06:55 +0000

Hi Fred, I just looked it up. Thanks for pointing to the discussion. I think Awasu is doing something cool. I will download the plug-in and check it out. Alexander brought up a pertinent point about security of email when they travel through feeds. I will investigate that too. We did a prototype about 5 years ago where XML attachments to email will trigger various events in an email client. We tried it in Fedora where an appointment (in xml format) will pop up a dialog box, ask you to confirm, reject, postpone and update a yahoo calendar entry. But doing this with RSS feeds (once the security problem is taken care of) will be more elegant since you can do it for any information stream that flows through fields.

By: Fred

Tue, 30 May 2006 15:45:19 +0000

Hi Dorai! I am glad to see that you like the idea. I don't know if you followed the discussion between me and Taka after you read the blog post but I think that you could like it. The idea is really exciting, unfortunately we couldn't really be able to see real changes/benifits before many years (people have to use such feeds first, then developers would have to create the capabilities in their web feed readers). I am sure that such behaviors will exists in the future, but when? Thanks! Salutations, Fred

By: dorai

Tue, 30 May 2006 01:14:21 +0000

Thanks for bringing that up. I was thinking about that a bit. I assumed that these will be private feeds (like the one Google has). My enthusiasm was more about the ability for feed reader extensions to do different things with different types of items in a feed.

By: Alexander Muse

Mon, 29 May 2006 23:18:18 +0000

Yep, Google has RSS and that is great for your own email. But do you really want to give your personal email's RSS feed out? Even I am not that social. The idea behind socialmail is to be SOCIAL with an email address - allow more than one person access to a specific address. Thanks for the mention!