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CNN iReport Still In World

Tymmerie Thorne let us know some days ago (July 9) that CNN is still maintaining its virtual presence on the Grid.  CNN iReports from in world have made it occasionally onto the RL broadcasts, and are the only remaining Real World avenue of reportage (to my knowledge) left since Reuters chose to bug out from Second Life.  (Other journalism areas, like BBC World, are more advertising sites and venues than anything else, in my opinion.)  If you’re interested in filing a CNN iReport, go to Tymmerie’s article at the link above and check out what she has to say, and pick up the SLurl to drop into the island.

A Retraction re: Wherefore Art Thou, Eric?

One thing you get used to when dealing with blogs:  the newest stories are always at the top of the page.  You know this; you expect this.  If you want your fish fresh, look at the top of the page.

That’s what I was expecting when I went to Reuters’ Second Life page.  And I suspected that they weren’t writing about anything new because the top story was stuck on September 12 for so long.  It still is.  But running down “below the fold,” so to speak, to the headlines-only list, I found several stories I was not aware of; and, bringing them up to read, found that they were written on the 23rd and 25th.  For some reason, these stories never pushed down the three leads that have been there for so long.

I was wondering if Eric and Adam Reuters have been at work, or if their stories were being killed by an editor.  I now know, and I apologize for my earlier article.  Sometimes the simplest things evade scrutiny, and it surely did this time.  I prefer to write this retraction instead of killing the other article; the maxim of the Web prevails:  “Once on the Net, always on the Net.”  So it is better to admit the mistake and apologize for it than to pretend it never happened, when anyone who’s saved or printed a copy of the story knows that it did.  Again, my apologies to both Eric and Adam.

Wherefore Art Thou, Eric?

Reuters, that is.  And while we’re about it, wherefore art Adam Reuters, as well?

Reuters’ Second Life coverage is one of the main sources of Grid news for the Grid — and for the Real World as well, which otherwise doesn’t have incredible gobs of contact with what goes on in the virtual world.  Reuters believed enough in Second Life, and saw enough RW/VW intersection going on (especially, I believe, with the big companies coming in during the First Great Business Wave) that they built the Reuters Auditorium (one of the prettiest buildings in world), and assigned two correspondents to cover Grid activities.  They even bought a surname for them — something that the average Joe Avatar doesn’t get the privilege of.  Eric and Adam Reuters hold scheduled office hours in world, and are supposed to flog the virtual beat of all synthetic worlds.

Yet I go to the page, and what’s the freshest story they have there, aside from outside stories on the ticker below the banner?  September 12, with a story about this year’s SLCC.  There’s been more going on than this, though some of it may be of more “local” interest, and worthy more of filler stories than features.  If nothing else, why not coverage of the first day of this year’s Burning Life, or the Hair Fair, or similar Grid-wide events?  Why not a talk with Mark Kingdon (M Linden), who took time to discuss the dichotomy between the recent concurrency peaks (now over 71,000 simultaneous users) and the year-long plateau of approximately 500,000 recurring users with Hamlet Au of New World Notes?  Surely the world’s number 2 press syndicate, which has talked about user rates in the past, could get back to Linden Lab to speak with them about how we’re growing in some directions — and coping with the strain put on the region servers in the process — but not others.  Instead, they’re getting scooped — and by a blogger!  (Admittedly a well-connected blogger, but…!)

Or is this amateur’s picture of what’s important inflated, and the Reuters men actually doing their job?  Or is an editor “spiking” stories they’re submitting?  Only Eric and Adam know the answers.

You reading this today, Eric?  What’s the news behind the news — or seeming lack thereof?


Bogus Linden Dollars

Word comes down from the Official Blog that phishers are appearing, offering bargain-basement deals on buying lindens (£, as I refer to them, though I know this is actually the symbol for the pound sterling). Read the actual announcement for the details if you haven’t seen it already, but keep this in mind: if a third party is offering better rates for linden dollars than the LindeX itself, and they’re not a source you know to be trusted, then run, don’t walk, as far away as possible, and notify Linden Lab so they can be tracked down and busted. Besides the reasons listed in their own post, these artists are just plain undermining the economy of the Grid with what are essentially bogus bucks.

UPDATE: 11:41 p.m.:

Eric Reuters gives a deeper coverage of the question in his report from Reuters Island.

UPDATE: 1/4, 1:43 p.m.:

Eric Reuters follows up his above story with another, where the Lab elaborates on the penalty LL is allowed to charge under their Terms of Service Agreement. There was some fear that individuals buying their lindens through the fraudulent exchanges would be the ones penalized, at a rate up to 150% of the value. Eric’s story quotes Peter Gray of Lewis PR, Linden Research’s public relations firm:

“The policy stated at seems to have caused some confusion… The policy stated at the above webpage is directed at operators of Linden dollar exchanges; if Linden Lab identifies that the operators of these exchanges have purposefully purchased fraudulent L$, Linden Lab may recoup 150% of the amount.”

“To date, this fine has never been levied,” Gray said.

This spells relief to individual Residents, and more so to the merchants who may be accepting the bogus lindens — though they may not be totally out of the swim. Read further down:

Gray downplayed the risk to residents. “Linden Lab has no blanket policy to fine all buyers of fraudulent Linden dollars, and any incident is handled on a case by case basis,” Gray said.

So there could be some degree of risk/retribution from the Lab yet; just not quite as penal as was originally feared.

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