Barrett Brown Calls and the Herald Answers!

Barrett Brown Last week I was on the Herald Yacht, steaming towards the Herald retirement villa in the Turks and Caicos islands, when the emergency phone rang in the ready room. Helmut, my trusty cabin boy summoned me. Barrett Brown was calling. Mr. Brown, for those of you who don’t know, is currently in federal [...]

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AT&T’s Hemisphere Project: $900,000/year In Harris County, TX

How much does AT&T profit from data mining for the DEA? After reading the New York Times’ revelation that the US government pays AT&T employees to sit with DEA and local law enforcement agents and query a phone record database “that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls” and and adds four billion call [...]

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Feeling SL’s pulse: The Fattest Guy in Second Life?

by Alessandra Narayan Why fat? Today I present Bobbele Boucher. Or just Bob if you prefer. He’s probably the fattest guy in SL. The question is simple: in a world where everyone can look astonishing, why did he decide to be this way? And more: there’s a whole community of fat people. Curious? Bob Boucher [...]

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Dealing with Mental Illness in Second Life

by Tenshi Vielle   It’s always sad when someone you love takes a turn for the worse. Even more terrible is when they turn for the worse and you don’t even know their real name. Or where they live. Or anything whatsoever about them that might be a microdium of truth The only way to [...]

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iPhone 5 Map Drives Players To Waze Traffic Sensor Game

Role playing a GPS-enabled sensor in the ARG hive mind I decided to join the Waze traffic map game on my new iPhone last week, after reading far too many stories moaning about how Apple should never have dropped Google Maps from the new version of iOS.  The general tone of the Apple Map coverage [...]

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Tizzers Foxchase: Rock Fresh

Exclusive interview and pictures from Fort Longcat Early this week, Linden Lab destroyed the Sandvich region of Second Life and banned Sandvich land owner Sarilia Tryce and associates from the game, presumably in response to the Justice League Unlimited gang’s favorite tactics: abuse report frenzy. The JLU and their allies were spurred into action as [...]

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Linden Lab Nukes Sandvich Sim

JLU gang leader claims responsibility – thanks Michael Linden for swinging banhammer Monday, Linden Lab suddenly deleted the Sandvich sim, a popular Steam-themed region in Second Life which inspired a chaotic YouTube video tribute. The Lab’s action sparked a round of protests as banned players were stripped of their virtual assets – without any sort [...]

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SL in Steam: Rod Humble’s Hail Mary Pass?

10-12% drop in player concurrency since February – daily signups swoon There is no question Linden Lab CEO and Aston Villa fan Rod Humble knows his soccer. But Rod Humble seems to be taking a classic end-game page from the American football playbook – the Hail Mary pass – as he moves to market Second [...]

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Second Life Can Fix Paul Ryan’s Marathon Lies!!!

Paul Ryan’s shame and retroactive truthing with a virtual world by Pixeleen Mistral — sports desk Paul Ryan’s credibility has taken a serious beating over the last week, starting with a fact-challenged speech at the Republican convention, followed by the debunking of Ryan’s claim to have run a marathon in under 3 hours – which [...]

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Shock! Griefer/Egghead/Hollywood Conspiracy Exposed!!!

special to the Alphaville Herald – by Pat the Rat Someone pass me the Pepto Bismol, please! That is all I can think of saying after surviving the social event of the decade in the new, post-Linden, metaverse.  [photo by Paparazzo Joenz] Attending this A-list event were Alphaville Herald staffers Urizenus Sklar, Pixeleen Mistral, and [...]

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