Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

As you may know, Linden, on October 4th, announced a plan to raise prices for educational and non-profit users of Second Life and not a little increase, a whopping doubling of the previous discount. Of course there was a backlash and so Linden has offered up a temporary solution, one which will bring in monies in the short term and help educators and non-profits to “buy more time&# at the discounted rate: Here is a “mass email&# sent to education users from Linden.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): New Numbers and New Transparency from Linden Lab/Second Life

Mark Oehlert

It certainly isnt Linden Labs responsibility to entertain you - that has never been their business model, all they have done is provide a 3D virtual world development platform where the only limitation (outside of number of prims) to what you can create is your own vision.

Volatility in 3D Virtual World Industry

Kapp Notes

Here is a machinima of the graduation: Negative The 3D virtual world business space isn't big enough to support Thinkbalm's analysis efforts. See Change is under way at ThinkBalm Linden Labs announces layoffs, appears to be contemplating shuttering Enterprise Edition efforts.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Mark is very late to the virtual worlds big news about SL and IBM.

Mark Oehlert

The good news is that Second Life ne Linden Lab, has announced a partnership with IBM to "develop new technologies and methodologies based on open standards that will help advance the future of 3D virtual worlds." So after defending Linden Lab, here's the other side.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Second Life

Kapp Notes

a Linden is the currency of Second Life) -1.86 7, 2006 -13,788 is the total number of profitable in-world business owners at the end of November Read the article How Real Money Works in Second Life __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Interesting Developments in 3D Learning and Collaboration Space

Kapp Notes

First, it looks as though Linden Labs, the developers behind Second Life, may be downsizing their corporate efforts ( Second Life Enterprise Edition ). Two sources indicate that Linden may actually be shutting down their Enterprise operations. The story seems to have broken in a number of places, Virtual Worlds News reports that Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Perfect Of Staff. Some interesting developments in the 3D Learning and Collaboration Space.

Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, Philip Linden (AKA: Philip Rosedale ) stepped down as CEO of Linden Labs (yes again). Bob will lead Linden Lab while we conduct the search. He said many longtime Second Life users are angry at the recent decisions by the company that runs the service, Linden Lab.

Big Virtual World Event on the Horizon

Kapp Notes

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE) will feature more than 150 presentations and a keynote address by Mark Kingdon, the CEO of Linden Lab® creators of Second Life® (SL). Presentations will showcase what is being done in virtual worlds at universities, colleges, businesses, government agencies, not-for-profit entities and K-12 classrooms. It enables its Residents to create content, interact with others, launch businesses, collaborate, educate, and more.

CAC: Penn State-Bart Pursel

Kapp Notes

Bart gave a list of different 3D worlds and provided a great comparison between a Internet Service Provider and Linden Labs (the company behind Second Life.) Bart Pursel of Virtual Learning Worlds and an alumni of our program presented on Virtual Worlds.

Second Life Making an Announcement Tomorrow (actually today)?

Kapp Notes

Here is a little email intercept I received from an unnamed source (ok, it's from Snickers' Doodles in her post Linden Lab to announce Viewer 2 beta tomorrow which she received in-world from Pink Linden. Interesting in that I think this makes the viewer similar to business-focused virtual worlds which allow for the placing of documents (spreadsheets, MS Word documents, etc) on a surface so that groups of employees can collaborate around a specific media asset.

VenueGen Announces 3D Meetings for "Everyone"

Kapp Notes

It has been described as a lot more than Cisco’s WebEx meeting platform, and a lot less than Linden Labs’ Second Life virtual world. Virtual world provider, VenueGen , recently came out of private Beta to a public Beta (whatever that means) and loudly announced their virtual meeting platform.

Second Life Gets All Corporate'y.Finally?

Mark Oehlert

What we have are multiple channels ( Virtual World News , Massively ), including official ones from River Runs Red and Linden Lab , bringing us the news that Immersive Workspaces 2.0 How about "Second Life gets its suit on!"? "?

A whole new world

E-Learning Provocateur

Its currency is the Linden Dollar (L$) which avatars can use to buy virtual goods and even virtual property. Linden Dollars are bought with real money and can be exchanged back again. And business isn’t restricted to entrepreneurial individuals.

Learning, KM vs. SM, Information, Web 2.0, and Second Life

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Impact of Information Technology (IT) on Businesses and their Leaders - Harvard Business School. People are busy. In what tech pundits at Gartner Research call the curve of hype and gloom, Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life, has officially entered the gloom stage.

Talking eLearning ROI

Web Courseworks

Admit what you don’t know, and seek out a “left-brained” numbers person to help you organize and present the nitty gritties of the business plan. Gather as much information as you can so you can make informed decisions on how to build your eLearning business plan.

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Random 3D Virtual World Statistics

Kapp Notes

From Build-A-Bearville Shares Stats From Virtual World, Real Store Interactions Over 1,400 businesses, government organizations and agencies have used Second Life to hold meetings, conduct training and prototype new technologies as a solution hosted by Linden Lab since 2003. Sitting at my virtual desk gathering statistics. Here are some interesting Virtual World Statistics gathered from a number of different sources.

Some accumulated thoughts…

Clark Quinn

The deadline for the first draft is breathing down my neck, and I’ve been quite busy with some client work as well. On the other hand, I had lunch the other day with Joe Miller, who is the VP of Tech for Linden Labs. I have had my head down cranking out the manuscript for my mobile learning book. The proverbial one-armed paper hanger comes to mind. However, that does not mean my mind has been idle. Far from, actually.

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Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software

Jay Cross

Business is social. He ran Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio before he became VP, Platform & Technology for Second Life at Linden Labs. One of my aspirations for this year has been to find a way to embed what we know about learning process into social business environments. Learning is social. People are social. So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social?

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Small Basket of Virtual World Items

Mark Oehlert

We are just starting to see for-real corporate forays into the space.and yet here we are talking about Linden Lab slipping. Linden Lab to Beta Lightweight Second Life Client in February.hmmm.allowing access to a system (a virtual world say) from outside that system.where have I read a great blog post about how learning companies should be exploring that concept more?

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Great Ad for Newspaper Position (via Judy Brown)

Mark Oehlert

We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."--Clay

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry

Learning Visions

2) Understand the business problem that youre trying to solve. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry I listened in this afternoon to the Adobe seminar: Overview of the eLearning Industry. Nothing shocking, but some interesting tidbits. My notes here.

Online Educa (4) Opening keynotes â?? Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

This business of the superiority of the elite over the ordinary people is hardly new. The next day a friend and I walked down Unter den Linden to Bebelplatz. Business Blog & last 100 posts. Informal Learning Blog. ← Online Educa (3) Security Awareness. More on Hole in the Wall project → Online Educa (4) Opening keynotes. December 6th, 2007 | general. Two of the first dayâ??s s keynote speakers stirred peopleâ??s s feelings.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Using Performance Results to Hire

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « New Numbers and New Transparency from Linden Lab/Second Life | Main | My Blog is Worth $66, 615.72 (any buyers??)

LearnTrends: Backchannel

Jay Cross

Amy Graff: I teach students going into business (online). Holly MacDonald: We need to talk about outcomes and business results within our orgs/with clients, not focus on "how" - that is stuff that we talk about with each other.