Fire Eagle

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Fire Eagle
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Type of site
Location-based services
Available inEnglish
OwnerYahoo! Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedAugust 12, 2008 (beta March 2007)
Current statusClosed February 2013

Fire Eagle was a Yahoo! owned service that stores a user's location and shares it with other authorized services.[1] It was created at Yahoo! Brickhouse by a team which included among others Evan Henshaw-Plath,[2] Tom Coates, Simon Willison, Jeannie H. Yang, Mor Naaman, Seth Fitzsimmons, Simon King, and Chris Martin.

A user could authorize other services and applications to update or access this information via the Fire Eagle API, allowing a user to update their location once and then use it on any Fire Eagle enabled-website. The intention of Fire Eagle was to serve as a central broker for location data.[3] Services which supported Fire Eagle included Pownce, Dopplr, Brightkite and Movable Type.[4][5]

The Fire Eagle service was one of the first sites to use the OAuth protocol to connect services together.

Fire Eagle has closed as of February 2013.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Jemima Kiss (13 August 2008). "Yahoo launches Fire Eagle location tool". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Sathyaish Chakravarthy (13 March 2008). "Fire Eagle Emerging Communications". IT Conversations. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ MG Siegler (12 August 2008). "Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest so it can spread its wings". VentureBeat.
  4. ^ Jack Schofield (13 August 2008). "Yahoo finally launches Fire Eagle, but you can hide". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Clint Boulton (13 August 2008). "Yahoo Fire Eagle Lands as Location-Aware Platform". eWeek.
  6. ^ Tom Coates. "It's a bit sad that @fireeagle has finally gone down. Still, never mind, onwards and upwards".
  7. ^ "Fire Eagle is down at the moment". Fire Eagle. 7 February 2013 – via Twitter.

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