Monthly Archives: January 2011

Egypt Shuts Off Internet and Phone Networks as Protests Continue

It is amazing to read about and watch the pro-democracy protests going on in Egypt right now.  Having been to Cairo and Alexandria just this past November, I recognize a number of the major areas where the protests are taking … Continue reading

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Labor and Employment Issues in Online Environments Increasing

It’s no secret that what happens online doesn’t stay online, especially when it comes to workplace and employment issues.  I’ve noticed a couple stories in recent bar journals where people have expressed surprise when real world laws follow people online, … Continue reading

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Will Federal Law Require Virtual Worlds to Accommodate People with Disabilities?

The question has been raised in courts on several occasions, should Internet companies be required to make their sites accessible to people with disabilities?  I’ve come across a few cases that I was going to discuss in my class in … Continue reading

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Virtual Navigator Features New Look, New Features, Expanded Content

Hi everyone!  As you can see, I have made some changes to Virtual Navigator.  First, you’ll immediately notice the modified theme for a fresh new look.  The second change is a little less noticeable on the surface, but over time … Continue reading

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Virtual Items Remain Key Revenue Source for Social Games, But Ads Are Gaining

It is always incredible to see a breakdown of the numbers supporting virtual items, but this recent report featured on paidContent.org shows the incredible business model it has become.  I won’t rehash all the numbers here, but there are a … Continue reading

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Blue Mars Shifts Focus to Mobile Devices, Possible Trend-setter for Other Virtual Worlds?

In what I believe may be the start of a trend, the virtual world Blue Mars announced it would stop further development of it’s PC-based software and would shift its focus to mobile devices, specifically developing for Apple’s iOS platform. … Continue reading

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Social Media Changing the Way People Communicate

Gratuitous self-promotion alert!  I was quoted in this Sunday’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune for an article about the changing nature of communication in the social media era.  As I’ve discussed here before, I do think that the nature of discourse has changed … Continue reading

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