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A commenter on my post about virtual worlds eliciting real emotions pointed me to another great paper on which Nick Yee was a co-author, “Alone Together?” Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games.

Nick and the other authors …

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Techdirt, referencing Bob Lefsetz, draws an interesting parallel between the music and cellphone business models.

He [Lefsetz] also highlights how the idiotic focus on getting more per song, just as everything else about music and technology gets cheaper,

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Facebook is now making (very) limited public search listings available to people who are not logged in to Facebook on an opt out basis.

Additionally, they will soon be allowing search engines to crawl these Public Search listings. Presumably the …

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Epicenter pointed me to an interesting Seattle Times article that asks what is the impact of startups with weird names.

New Internet companies are being baptized daily with handles that sound like a blend of toddlerspeak, scat singing and

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Businessweek has an article about Google’s venture capital investments. It notes that corporate venture investing has been on the upswing recently, calling out Intel, Cisco and Motorola (in addition to Google) as other active corporate investors.

Companies that aren’t

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In a post about how virtual worlds can engender real emotions, I mentioned Nick Yee’s paper The Demographics, Motivations, and Derived Experiences of Users of Massively Multi-User Online Graphical Environments. In it Nick extends on Bartle’s categorization of

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