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IBM and Linden Lab to create enterprise-safe virtual worlds – This move by Linden Labs should have happened years ago, I personally think the appeal of SL is more in a b2b scenario for virtual meetings and for times when video conferences are called for but without the weirdness that you get as you approach Uncanny Valley. Linden Labs founded in 1999, employs numerous established high-tech veterans, including former executives from Electronic Arts, eBay, Disney, Adobe, and Apple. One could see Linden Labs as an extension of the mid-to-late 1990s fascination with a VR metaverse of interoperability
In China, returning to greener pre-plastic shopping tech – China way ahead of Target in environmentally friendly shopping
What Do Teens Want? Just Ask. – interesting feedback on IM (out for people old enough to have a mobile phone, video – Veoh is the new YouTube
Interesting research on consumer behaviour and mobile devices – What Hijazi-Omari and Ribak are finding with Palestinian girls is that the mobile is allowing them to have private encounters and relationships when these would be otherwise impossible.
apophenia: does work/life balance exist? – danah boyd’s take on the New York Times article on blogger stress-related deaths.
J-List side blog: The Honesty You Find in Japan – somehow I don’t think Dixons would do all that well in Japan.
Robots seen doing work of 3.5 million in Japan – TOKYO (Reuters) – Robots could fill the jobs of 3.5 million people in graying Japan by 2025, a thinktank says, helping to avert worker shortages as the country’s population shrinks. Japan faces a 16 percent slide in the size of its workforce by 2030…
95% of youngsters copy music – but the sneakernet of ripping and burning copies of CDs is still in the majority
BPI – Music Business Group Response to UK IPO consultation on copyright exceptions – Music industry wants to tax consumers for format transfer. Either a flight of fancy or a speculative shake down racket that will not benefit artists one iota
Yahoo CEO: gray areas make foreign business hard – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Jerry Yang, whose company helped identify a Chinese dissident who was later jailed, said on Thursday that legal ”gray areas” overseas made doing business internationally difficult.
Yang to Ballmer: Stop lying and don’t be cheap. » VentureBeat – this doesn’t even address the open source elephant in the room
Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab – Communitied out – building communities and social media are currently too hard work. Scaling issues?
IKEA transforms Kobe train into showroom – really nice piece of experiential marketing
Gartner: Windows collapsing under its own weight; Radical change needed | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – this is an interesting article, especially when you read Linus Torvald’s explanation on why monolithic systems are better than modular systems in the O’Reilly book Open Sources, this looks like a ball that could go back and forward like the red-top newspapers debating the tactics of the English football manager
Computerworld – Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn – the key argument
GAMA-GO – hot limited edition streetwear with a geeky vibe
LOOPWHEELER – looks to do for t-shirts and sweatshirts what the Japanese selvage movement ( Evisu, Edwin etc) did for vintage denim manufacture
BBC Brings iPlayer To Wii; ISP Grumbles As Traffic Grows | paidContent:UK – Tiscali’s whining is a ploy to cling on the PR coat to mask the failure of their own media model in comparison to the Beeb and QoS issues that may spring up