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Liberty Alliance signs up Oracle, Intel

Sun-driven alternative to Microsoft's multisite Passport login system to add two big members.

Chipmaker Intel and database giant Oracle have joined the Liberty Alliance Project, a consortium working on a "federated identity" standard to make logging in to several Web sites easier. The alliance plans to announce the new members on Monday.

A person who signs on to one Liberty-enabled site, such as a company server or a Web site, will be recognized at another Liberty site without having to log in. Sun Microsystems initiated the Liberty Alliance as a counterweight to Microsoft's centralized Passport login system. The alliance now has 157 companies.