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Google Earth Monopoly
Posted: 17 April 2007

Raises all sorts of interesting questions about who owns virtual space. If Google maintains control of a de- facto virtual earth, and that virtual earth attracts denizens, advertising and commerce, the spectre of a truly massive commerical monolopy looms.

MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism destinations. The annual value of e-commerce and online financial services makes it the planet's sixth biggest economy. Google's 3D view of the world, using satellite imagery, was too big to turn into a detailed representation of every building ...
 
Doug Vining Virtual worlds opened up to all

A free tool that allows anyone to create a virtual world has been launched.

Users of Metaplace, as it is known, can build 3D online worlds for PCs or even a mobile phone without any knowledge of complex computer languages.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7002479.stm
Posted: 19 September 2007 at 15:41
 
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