EA Turns The Sims Online Into Free EA-Land, Second Life Competitor

EA is relaunching The Sims Online as a free service with a new name and new features, including UGC, commerce and land ownership. EA-Land is the new, free Sims Online (TSO). The 12 different cities fr

Virtual Banking Banned in Second Life

Linden Lab has announced that virtual banking within Second Life is to be banned effective January 22 after receiving multiple complaints by Second Life residents scammed by bank operators. Banking an

No Dreams For One Third Of Electric Sheep Company Employees This Christmas

The Electric Sheep Company, regarded by many to be the leading Second Life development company, has parted company with one third of its workforce (22 people). The Electric Sheep Company is best known

You're Not In The USSR Any More: Estonia Opens An Embassy In Second Life

Eastern European nation Estonia has opened an official embassy in Second Life. Estonia for those not aware of the country is a former Soviet Republic that this year is celebrating 90th anniversary of

Chris Collins From Linden Lab: Stability Is The Key

I had the opportunity today to catch up with Chris Collins, the “Technical Assistant to the CEO” at Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life. A Commerce graduate from the University of Wester

SL WindLight: Second Life But Not As You Know It

Linden Lab released the WindLight First Look Second Life client Wednesday, the first serious release of Second Life that incorporates the technology Linden Lab acquired when it took over Windward Mark

Virtual Pedophilia Report Bad News For Second Life

Linden Lab’s Second Life has seen its fair share of controversies in the past; an FBI investigation led to a shut down of inworld casinos, some media reports suggested that Second Life may be be

CSI:NY Comes To Second Life Wednesday

Second Life is bracing itself for an influx of new members this coming week with the long awaited episode of CSI:NY does Second Life to be shown in the United States on Wednesday. The episode will see

Twitter + Second Life = Spontaneous Web Meetspace

We’ve been rather harsh in our coverage of Second Life in the past, the sad truth being that this year Second Life has provided a range of tabloid fodder that we’ve seen fit to print. Of l

IBM And Linden Lab Team For Virtual World Interoperability

IBM and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) will announce a new partnership at the Virtual Worlds Conference in San Jose today that will focus on virtual world interoperability. The initial fo

Shock: Second Life is all hype says study

Having spent a few hours “playing” Second Life (research, mind you), I definitely noticed a disconnect between the hype and what I actually experienced. To boil it down to two words—

If A Conference Is Held In Second Life, Will Anyone Listen?

The second session of the Metanomics Conference was held in Second Life today (see our previous coverage here) and I had the pleasure of attending. Guest speaker for today’s session was Sandra K

BidSL: eBay Style Auctions In A Virtual World

Ohio based BidSL launched Friday with a product that offers eBay style auctions in Second Life BidSL allows any Second Life resident to put an item up for auction by renting an available auction devic

British Orchestra To Perform Concert In Second Life

Yahoo! News really needs to get the facts straight. It’s currently saying that the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing the first professional concert in Second Life. Hmm, that&#8217

Virtual Relay Earns Real Money For Cancer Research

The online virtual economy is not only doing wonders for the bottom lines of some startups. Charities are winning as well. The American Cancer Society has announced it raised over $115,000 (L$32 milli

Are Terrorists Using Second Life To Plan Attacks?

OK, so sensationalistic headlines targeted at Second Life are so last week; from FBI related gambling bans to animal sex, we’ve seen a lot. Now there are allegations being printed by News Corp i

Inter Milan Launches New Home Kit On Second Life

I hate Second Life yet I enjoy soccer, so this next story puts me in a weird spot. Inter Milan launched its new home kit (its uniform) today in the online world full of losers and zeros. I visited the

Using Second Life and a Wiimote For Job Training

They’re training to be Power Rangers Not a week goes by that there’s not a Second Life story to hate on. This Friday edition of “Second Life is really, really, really stupid” b

Second Life Bans Gambling Following FBI Investigation

An ongoing investigation by the FBI into gambling in Second Life is believed to be directly related to Linden Lab’s sudden decision to ban all forms of gambling on Second Life. The FBI investiga

Marketers Realizing That Second Life Ain't Worth the Trouble

Yeah… not exactly high-end shoppers Second Life may be headed toward a virtual market crash. Marketers and traditional retailers like the Aloft hotel chain are finding out that SL users don&#821
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