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Virtual Worlds Poised to Become Valuable Work Tools - ReadWriteW. Google Gets Into Virtual Worlds. Last week, Google released Lively, its own system for building virtual online environments.

Google Gets Into Virtual Worlds

Unlike recent forays into virtual worlds by IBM and Sun, which concentrated on the technology’s business potential, Lively seems to be aimed at the consumer market. It also has a number of features that may make it more attractive to first-time users than popular virtual worlds like Second Life. Nonetheless, some industry insiders question whether Google approached Lively as a business initiative or just one interesting project among many. Sibley Verbeck, CEO of the Electric Sheep Company, a virtual-world service and software provider, welcomes the credibility that the Google brand brings to the industry: “There is no question [that Lively] is a very positive thing. Virtual Worlds Almanac. Daden Navigator Web Browser. Virtual Worlds Timeline.

Sony launches PlayStation Home open betaDec 11, 2008Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation®Home Beta service for PLAYSTATION® 3 (PS3™) will become available for all PS3 users around the world on December 11, 2008. Following the successful completion of the closed beta service, PlayStation Home’s open beta service will continue to evolve with new features and functionality. Pelican Crossing. Designing Virtual Worlds.