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Billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s Online Alter-Ego: A Tattooed Black Guy

Pierre Omidyar is the 47-year-old Iranian-American billionaire who founded eBay and the embattled news startup First Look Media. In the virtual world of Second Life, however, he’s developed a very different persona: a bald, tribal-tattooed, muscle-shirt-wearing black guy named Kitto Mandala. »11/03/14 3:40pm11/03/14 3:40pm

I Explored Second Life's Forgotten Worlds With an Oculus Rift

Don't call it a comeback. Second Life has been here for years—eleven, this month—but after the virtual world's much-vaunted debut, the online universe slowly slipped out of the cultural consciousness, now infrequently referenced more as a punchline than legitimate popular hangout. Unless you, like I did last week,… »7/01/14 5:22pm7/01/14 5:22pm

American and British Governments May Have Spied on WoW and Xbox Live

American and British spies infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life, using the games to monitor what they think are terrorist communications, recruit informers, and gather data on communications between players, according to classified documents uncovered by the non-profit investigative journalism organization… »12/09/13 8:35am12/09/13 8:35am