jstrauser writes "According to an email reprinted on the official boards, Linden Labs has released version 1.4 of its PC 'virtual world' MMO, Second Life. It includes many new features, among the most notable is support for XML-RPC. Taken from the email: 'XML-RPC allows data and commands to be sent back and forth between disparate systems over the internet... Some applications for XML-RPC include faster in-world blogging, the ability to send newsfeeds into Second Life and the capacity for store owners to manage their inventory remotely.' Will we ever need to leave the game to use functions like email and web browsing anymore?" Also mentioned in the Second Life update is: "The ability to upload custom animations, to stream music to your parcel... [plus] those of you with Second Life partners can now express your affection for all to see in your profile." We recently covered Second Life in relation to the development freeze for former rival, There Inc.