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No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

Peter Diamandis | Posted 08.09.2014 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

This is big. This isn't Amazon, it's Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.

HuffPost Is a Virtual World

John Pavley | Posted 08.29.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

Richard Bartle, one of the original coders of the whole MUD (multi-user dungeons) and gaming industry, has written an easy to comprehend and richly detailed look at the history, design, development, and marketing of virtual worlds.

MOOCs: A Design Question to Consider

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 06.07.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

MOOCs (massive open online courses) is a relatively recent method of educational delivery -- where thousands of people across the world can access college-level courses for free anywhere there is an internet connection -- is being hailed by some as a revolution, and by others as a fad.

Why We Must Learn From the Learners

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Are we talking to the digital natives to get an understanding of why they are so interested in that cell phone that we think is a distraction in the classroom? The answer may be deeper and more complex than "Oh, they just like to be on that silly Facebook."

Second Life: How a Virtual World Became a Reality

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Peter Diamandis

I asked Philip Rosedale to summarize his lessons learned from creating Second Life. If you were advising an entrepreneur who wanted to do something as big and bold as Second Life, what are your top five pieces of advice -- what to do and what not to do?

Spiritual Sex in an Increasingly Virtual World

Suzie Heumann | Posted 12.10.2011 | Style
Suzie Heumann

Most modern Americans have a very low capacity for pleasure. I don't just mean sex. I mean being tactile, receiving touch, feeling the wind rush past your body, swimming, getting in bed at night and rolling around in your clean sheets for a few minutes.

How FarmVille Players Can Help The Hungry

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact

A new campaign is poised to ease the guilt that comes from spending hours on FarmVille. Now, as users of the Facebook game harvest virtual crops and t...

The Magic of Minecraft

David Pakman | Posted 11.01.2011 | Technology
David Pakman

Quickly addicted to the tasks of mining and building, I awoke at 4 AM to play with my kids online for an hour before they left for school and I left for meetings. At night I'd check out what they made. They wanted to play Minecraft every waking hour of the day. And so did I.

WATCH: Second Life Documentary Takes You Behind The Screens

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 07.20.2011 | Technology

Though Second Life is carried out entirely by cyber avatars within the confines of a virtual world, new documentary Life 2.0 steps outside the screen ...

Facebook Credits as New Real Currency?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

I read some of the history of virtual currencies. Facebook credits is different. Why? Because Facebook is the equivalent of the third most populous country in the real world.

Immersion in Pandora: The Virtual World of Avatar

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Avatar is a beautiful movie, but it isn't due to artful cinematography. Rather, the visual splendor lies in the inherent beauty of the alien world in which we are immersed.

Informational Elves: The New Virtual World

Limari Colon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Limari Colon

Surfing the web I came across the most unique and creative idea I've seen in a while. A new virtual world filled with informational elves. Inf (dot) net has an amazing project.

Augmented Reality: Here to Stay

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

The combination of the web and technologists seem to have found a way to bring the "virtual" world of the web into the real world of our daily lives.

Home Sales Down, Space Station Sales Up

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Wow, your very own space station for $330k, sounds like a real bargain. Until you realize that it's located on Planet Calypso, a virtual world. Yes, in the midst of the great recession, someone actually paid $330,000 for a virtual space station.

Virtual Economy In U.S. Set To Make Billions

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Virtual goods such as weapons or digital bottles of champagne traded in the US could be worth up to $5 billion in the next five years, experts predict...

Can You Fall in Love With Your Favorite TV Character?

Christine Huang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Huang

New reports reveal a growing subculture of "2-D Lovers": grown adults in Japan that have found romantic love with their favorite characters from anime, manga, and video games.

New Money: Nine Virtual and Alternative Currencies

Piers Fawkes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Piers Fawkes

Buying and selling still remains at the fore of the online world. Many entrepreneurial minds have envisioned new ways to facilitate our transactions, and bring business beyond cash and coin.

MediaBizBuzz on Democrats, Republicans, Gustav and Ike

Jerry Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerry Weinstein

Click for News, Photos and all the links to major press coverage of the Republican Convention and for the Democratic reaction. This past week could ha...