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Daily Crunch: Senate and White House reach stimulus deal

A $2 trillion stimulus package is moving forward in the United States, Google Podcasts comes to iOS and ClassPass offers livestreamed fitness classes. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 25, 2020. 1. Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package to lessen COVID-19’s economic impact After five days of negotiations, Senate leaders and the Trump administration said early this morning they have reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to help relieve the economic impact of CO...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Senate, White House, Tech, Policy, Chicago, United States, House Of Representatives, Second Life, Financial Times, Trump, Reliance Jio, PTO, Linden Lab


Second Life-maker calls it quits on their VR follow-up

The game developer behind Second Life has abandoned its grand efforts for a virtual reality follow-up to its early 2000s hit. SF-based Linden Lab announced today that they’ve sold off assets related to Sansar to a small, little-known company called Wookey Search Technologies, which will take over development of the title. Linden Lab will continue developing and maintaining Second Life and it sounds like some of its employees will be joining Wookey. The deal was reported by Protocol. The ga...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Tech, Second-Life, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Sansar, Wookey Search Technologies


The companies that will shape the upcoming multiverse era of social media

Throughout this series on the rise of multiverse virtual worlds, I have outlined the collision of gaming and social media into a new multiverse era of social media within virtual worlds due to technological and cultural changes. The result will be a healthier ecosystem of social media than what currently exists and the economic development of these virtual worlds such that many people turn to them as sources of income. The critical question that remains in this final part of the series: Who will...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Facebook, Tech, Virtual Worlds, Tencent, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Northzone, Mojang, Epic Games, Klang, Linden Lab, Multiverse, Roblox, Singularity 6


Making money from games: the future of virtual economies

Fictional portrayals of virtual worlds such as “Ready Player One” and “The Matrix” typically portray the physical and virtual worlds as distinct realms siloed from each other. Characters escape a dystopian, impoverished physical realm and enter a separate, utopian virtual realm in which they are wealthy and important. Our non-fictional future won’t have that dichotomy. One main reason is money. Any virtual world has a virtual economy, and when that virtual economy gets really big, it integrates ...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Tech, Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality, Valve, Augmented Reality, Epic Games, Ccp Games, Eve Online, Linden Lab, Fortnite, Second-Life, Sixgill, Anti-money Laundering


Sansar Partners With YouTube Comedian Steve Hofstetter on VR Comedy Event Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Social VR platform Sansar has teamed up with comedian and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter to create a series of comedy nights in virtual reality. Dubbed “Comedy Gladiators: A Virtual Comedy Experience,” the event series marks the first time for Sansar to hold ticketed pay-per-view events. “Comedy Gladiators” will allow VR users to enter a virtual comedy […]
Tags: News, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Steve Hofstetter, Sansar, Sansar Partners With YouTube


New Overwatch League VR Clubhouses Unite Fans With Teams

Two Overwatch League teams are getting virtual clubhouses as part of an initiative to bring fans closer to the players, Linden Lab’s Sansar announced Wednesday. The collaboration with the Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock comes “in response to the global demand for esports and memorable fan experiences,” offering gamers a “virtual clubhouse” in which […]
Tags: News, Overwatch, Linden Lab, Overwatch League, Sansar, San Francisco Shock


"The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future/Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet..."

"... but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life."By Leslie Jamison at The Atlantic. It's well worth clicking through if only to see the illustration, which pans over somebody's imaginary life, on a shaded deck overlooking the ocean and a flowery meadow where unicorns lounge.[Second Life is] a landscape full of goth cities and preciously tatt...
Tags: Facebook, Video Games, Law, Atlantic, Storms, Easter, Unicorns, Linden Lab, Ann Althouse, Leslie Jamison, Lightweight Religion, Epiphany Island


Exploring the Virtual World of Sansar

Linden Lab’s Sansar, a new VR-enabled online community, gives content creators powerful tools to unleash immersive, dreamlike digital worlds. In Second Life, a vast online digital world, users create 3D content, including avatars, buildings and almost anything imaginable. In this internet-powered world, users can shop for virtual clothes, buy land, and attend concerts, classes or other virtual experiences almost like real life but digitized and certainly otherworldly. Now fans of this long-endur...
Tags: Stanford, Uncategorized, Research, Second Life, Vr, Virtual Reality, Council, Rhode Island, Linden Lab, Laurin, Sansar, Philip Rosedale, Dario Buratti, Buratti, Sansar Photo, Sansar San Francisco


Barely into Beta, Sansar is already making social VR look good

What now feels like a very long time ago (it was in fact only April 2016, but VR has come a long way since then) I met Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg at their San Francisco HQ to chat about what was then called “Project Sansar”, their ambitious social VR platform. Much like “The Facebook” in tech less is often more, so the “Project” bit has since been dropped, and Sansar has now opened to the public in Beta following a closed creator preview earlier this year. Until now, complexity and cost has lim...
Tags: Startups, Contributors, Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, Sansar, San Francisco HQ


Presence Capital Takes the Temperature of VR/AR at Mid-Year

This week we checked in with Presence Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that specializes in virtual reality and augmented reality startups. Presence, which made its first investment in July 2015, has now invested in 33 companies, including VR animation studio Baobab; Strivr, a creator of VR training systems; Meta, the developer of a 3D hologram headset; and Applied VR, which uses virtual reality in healthcare. Its many co-investors include Andreesen Horowitz, Betaworks, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Walmart, Web, It


Second Life Creator Opens Social VR World Sansar to the Public

Call it Second Life for virtual reality, if you will: Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, publicly launched its new social virtual reality world Sansar as part of a public beta test Monday. Sansar offers anyone with a compatible headset or PC the ability to visit VR experiences, mingle with others, as well as... Read more »
Tags: News, Digital, Second Life, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Sansar


Second Life creator launches beta of its virtual reality simulation

 The SF-based Linden Lab is at last launching an open “creator beta” of its VR-ready universe simulation, Sansar. The world creation and exploration title is expansive in its ambitions and still has a long way to go. After a lengthy creator preview in which early access was given to a couple thousand creators, there are 1,700 worlds to explore (some better than others, I imagine). Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Sansar


Acquired.io seals $2 mln

Foster City, California-based Acquired.io, a platform that manages user acquisition across channels like Snapchat and AdColony, has secured $2 million in funding. The backers included Jonathan Zweig, founder of AdColony and John Zdanowski, former CFO of Linden Lab. PRESS RELEASE June 27, 2017 – San Francisco, CA – The founders of mobile marketing company AppScotch, acquired by AppAnnie, today launched their newest venture, Acquired.io. The company has created the first centralized platform to ma...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Appannie, San Francisco CA, UA, Linden Lab, Global Operations, Foster City California, VC Deals, AppScotch, Andrey Kazakov, Max Gannutin, Mark Zhang, Jonathan Zweig, Adcolony


First Look: Acquired.io Guts The Grunt Work out of User Acquisition

The founders of mobile marketing company AppScotch, acquired by AppAnnie, today launched their newest venture, Acquired.io. “The company has created the first centralized platform to manage user acquisition across dozens of channels like Snapchat, AdColony, Chartboost, and others,” the official word reads. “Initial customers include IGG, the company behind Lords Mobile, and TextNow, the popular messaging app.” Acquired.io has raised $2 million in funding from investors, many in the mobile gaming...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Apps, App Annie, Appannie, UA, Linden Lab, AppScotch, Andrey Kazakov, Jonathan Zweig, Lords Mobile, John Zdanowski


How this startup CEO became a secret weapon for star Valley engineers

People who know Charity Majors describe her as a force of a nature, a combination of smarts, grit, hard work, attitude, wisecracks, and a genuine knack for fixing broken things. They also know she's a secret weapon among the tight-knit community of the Valley's star engineers, those folks that can command salaries of $1 million a year between pay and stock, by helping them find the cool new job openings before anyone else hears of them. Developers all over the tech industry know Majors from her ...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Mike Krieger, Cto, Valley, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Linden Lab, Bernie Madoff, Christine Yen, Ilya Sukha


Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin

The WannaCry ransomware attackers demanded payment in the cryptocurrency. But its use in the ‘clean’ economy is growing, too, and could revolutionise how we use moneyIn March 2009, representatives of crime agencies including MI6 and the FBI, as well as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, gathered for a closed session at a conference in a central-London hotel. The topic: the potential use of virtual currencies by organised criminals and terrorists.“At the time, everyone was getting very exercised ...
Tags: UK, Technology, London, Internet, E-commerce, Malware, Fbi, Cybercrime, Bitcoin, Data and computer security, Customs, Cryptocurrencies, Linden Lab, Simon Moores, Crime Congress


'Second Life' Creators Develop A VR Social World Named 'Sansar'

An anonymous reader writes: After four years of development, Sansar, the new virtual reality world from Second Life's creators will arrive later this year on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. "It is trying to solve some of the big problems that plagued Second Life for years," reports MIT Technology Review, "such as that most users come in through what is essentially a front door and have a hard time finding things to do once they get in... In the demos I tried, I navigated via an atlas that sho...
Tags: Tech, Second Life, George Washington University, MIT Technology Review, Linden Lab


Senior Web Developer - Telecommute (San Francisco)

Linden Lab is looking for an innovative senior web engineer to deliver compelling, responsive web experiences that enrich Second Life. If you're passionate about the latest web technologies and would be psyched to wake up every morning knowing that y [...]
Tags: Craigslist, Job, San Francisco, Linden Lab


Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg Lifts the Curtain on Sansar Virtual Reality World

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg gave the audience the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Wednesday a first demo of his company’s upcoming Sansar virtual world. The demo showed participants meet in a virtual version of the actual conference, and then beam themselves to other places within Sansar, including a holodeck-like... Read more »
Tags: News, Digital, Virtual Reality, Wall Street Journal, Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, Laguna Beach Calif, Project Sansar


Second Life Maker Starts Inviting Creators to Project Sansar Virtual Reality World

Linden Lab, best known as the creator of Second Life, is starting to take the wraps of its new virtual world: The company is sending out first invites to Project Sansar to creators this week, and plans to launch it to the public in early 2017. Linden Lab is pitching Project Sansar as a 3D virtual... Read more »
Tags: News, Digital, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Project Sansar


Second Life creators look to revamp reality once again, this time in VR

 The team is now embarking on its most ambitious project yet, a wide-reaching virtual reality network called Project Sansar that is, in many ways, aiming to become a new layer of reality that gives individuals and businesses a space to experiment with VR environments for their first time. I had the chance to sit down for a demo of Sansar with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg this past week and… Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, Project Sansar


What YouTube taught me about Facebook Live and violent footage

“A technical glitch.” That’s what Facebook stated was the cause of the temporary removal from their service of the video capturing Philando Castile’s shooting. Ben Thompson has a smart Stratechery column today about Facebook’s emerging role as a Journalism Company. And the internal discussions (debates?) which are likely occurring. I saw this firsthand during my time at YouTube where in addition to running the product org from 2007-2011, I sat on our Policy Committee. This group helped provide c...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, Samsung, Trends, Ben Thompson, Middle East, Periscope, Operations, Linden Lab, Homebrew


Second Life Maker Opens Up Sign-Ups for New Virtual Reality World Project Sansar

San Francisco-based Linden Lab took one more step towards the launch of its new virtual world: The company officially opened up sign-ups for Project Sansar Tuesday,  inviting creators to get in line for early access this summer. Linden Lab plans to launch Project Sansar to consumers later this year. Project Sansar aims to be a... Read more »
Tags: News, Digital, San Francisco, Second Life, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Project Sansar


Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If you're a Second Life user (or resident, as they like to put it) or looking to become one, here's how to install a Linux client.
Tags: Linden Lab


Facebook VP of Engineering on Solving Hard Things Early

January 2002. At Linden Lab, we were still referring to Second Life as Linden World, our furnace-less office was near freezing because the space heaters kept popping breakers, the Dot-Bomb crash was in full swing, DEMO 2002 was 4 weeks away, and 10 programmers were trying to duct tape everything together. Little did we know it was never going to get easier to fix the truly hard problems companies face. I talked about this, among other engineering challenges, at First Round Capital's last CTO Sum...
Tags: Linden Lab, First Round Capital Review, Facebook VP of Engineering