Monthly Archives: August 2010

More Stories About Virtual Items and the People Who Buy Them

Sales of virtual goods continue to grab headlines, but there’s nothing really new going on. People have always spent large sums of money on things of nominal value as long as there’s a big enough group of people who think they have value. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Second Life Land Class Action Suit Still Going

A summary of what’s happened in the virtual property class action lawsuit to date. Continue reading

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Singapore Court Considers Using File Sharing and Social Media

I’m not sure what would possess Singapore’s high Court and legal system officials  to consider using Facebook as an official tool of the litigation process, but that’s just what the ABA Law Journal reported this week.  A proposal would allow service … Continue reading

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Germany May Bar Facebook Searches by Potential Employers

Privacy law that will keep employers from peering too deeply into the private lives of potential employees is a good idea. Continue reading

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More Signs That Virtual Items Will Play a Big Role in Future Virtual Economies

Update: I just came across this chart from VentureBeat, which uses data from a survey released in July by virtual goods items company PlaySpan and market researcher VGMarket.   Information is power, and between these reports and the Viximo report, there’s no … Continue reading

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Security Analyst Discusses How Virtual Worlds Can Be Used to Transmit Malware

I came across an interesting post by security analyst Charlie Miller today wherein he explains how he was able to use Second Life to create physical objects in the game world that could be used to transmit malware or other forms … Continue reading

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Mayo Clinic Opens Branch in Second Life

The world-famous, Rochester, Minnesota-based hospital system has a new location accessible from anywhere in the world–just don’t expect to get any blood work done there, yet.   The Mayo Clinic’s latest branch is located in Second Life (SLurl) and it’s … Continue reading

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