Google, Microsoft take to the skies over Sydney
The tech giants have separately announced they have hired planes to fly over certain parts of Sydney on Australia Day, photographing what lies beneath.
The Microsoft-sponsored campaign, orchestrated by the National Australia Day Council (NADC), is dubbed "Look Up and Smile". It hopes to gather hundreds of Sydneysiders at Centennial Park to create a huge map of Australia.
Google's plane flyover on the other hand is aimed at drawing more attention to its Google Maps service, by updating it with new, higher resolution images of parts of Sydney.
Blaze Columbia is, by any measure, doing well with his line of designer clothing. He's on track to generate more than $100,000 in annual profits, barely a year after launching his business. And that's in addition to a first career as a professional photographer. There's just one big difference between the clothing that this Missouri resident produces and that of any other top-of-the-line dress or business suit: His don't exist — at least not in the physical world.
The article also considers the real life problems that Second Life may face as virtual money is used for real world vices. From the article:
Some SL businesses already may be operating outside current law. Casino gambling and sports betting are pervasive in SL. The fact that bets are made in lindens, not dollars, won't shield gamblers from possible prosecution under federal laws banning Internet gambling, says Jaclyn Lesch, a spokeswoman for the US Justice Department. "Regardless of how one pays for the bet, it is still a bet if it involves something of value. While not a credit card or cash, [virtual currencies] would still be a 'thing of value' especially considering the fact that they are later redeemed for cash.
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