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Linden Lab

It's hard to believe it - but SL16B is nearly here! Sixteen years of Second Life is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the community and culture that makes us so unique!

One of the events we have going on for this monumental occasion is a HUGE shopping event - with 100 of the top Merchants on the Grid - each with a gift and great discounts on their top selling items. Drop by the Shop & Hop event between June 20th and July 8th - and collect the gifts and steals that are available. One hundred Merchants. Five Regions. One hundred gifts. Hundreds of deals. 

To visit the Sl16B Shop & Hop event - start at any one of the Regions - but be sure to visit them all to see everything that's available.  

A complete list of participating Merchants is below*!

::ZED:: Designz for MEN and Bella Moda Bauhaus Movement Garbaggio PinkRayne
:UNA: Blueberry Hangry RAPTURE
!APHORISM! Blushed Hello Dave Revoul
.{PSYCHO:Byts}. Bombae JellyRoll RIOT
.ICONIC Hair BOYS TO THE BONE / FAKEICON Kaerri SEmotion
.peaches. Caboodle KOR Seniha Originals
[ Aleutia ] Candy Kitten KuddelMuddel Silence.
[^.^Ayashi^.^] Canimal Lamb Silvan Moon Design
[InsurreKtion] Casse lustre Lapointe & BastChild Sintiklia
{amiable} CHEZ MOI FURNITURES Lowen Beauty Slink
{Buing} ChiC buildings LURE spectacledchic
{le fil cassé} Dahlia Lybra Spoiled
{Limerence} Dead Dollz Mangula Stardust
{ViSion} DUFAUX | mesh boutique Masoom Sweet Thing.
Addams EarthStones Melon Bunny Tentacio
alaskametro<3 Eliavah Miss Chelsea toksik
alme. ELIKATIRA MIWAS Tres Blah
Alpha Male ella MODA Valentina E.
anxiety Envious Mon Cheri Vanilla Bae
Apple Fall Evie moss&mink Vanity Hair
Apple May Designs Fallen Gods Inc. narcisse Vibing
ARATA fashionably dead neve vista animations
Ariskea Formanails no.match_ What Next
ASO! FOXCITY OLD TREASURES Wilds of Organica
Baiastice Foxy Petit Chat Original Zibska

*Merchant list is subject to change. 

Linden Lab

It's time for Music Faire!

As part of our 16th birthday celebrations - we have two days packed full of incredible live music for you to enjoy. Some of Second Life's biggest talents will be taking the stage this Friday and Saturday - June 21st and June 22nd -  from 10 AM to 4 PM, and you won't want to miss it! 

The lineup for Music Faire is ...

TIME June 21 June 22
10:00 AM Parker Static Dreama Summerwind
11:00 AM rч αnnє Mimi Carpenter
12:00 PM Tempio Breil Grif Bamaisin
1:00 PM Gabriel da Silva Donn DeVore
2:00 PM Alazarin Mobius Skye Galaxy
3:00 PM Evely Lane Effinjay
4:00 PM Zak Claxton Quartz

Throw on some virtual sunscreen and come out to the show!

Brett Linden

 

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Looking for a full calendar of SL16B events? Here it is! Keep checking this page for updates to the daily SL16B calendar of events. Here you'll find the specifics on live deejay events, Music Faire performances and more!  Also, don't miss our complete SL16B preview of community exhibits in the Destination Guide. If you have an SL16B-related event or exhibit that isn't listed, please submit it via the Destination Guide submission form or contact us at editor@lindenlab.com. 

Do you use Google Calendar? If so, you can also add this Birthday Calendar directly to your own calendar by clicking here.

Linden Lab

Earlier this month, we announced that price changes are coming to Second Life Premium Membership beginning June 24. However, Residents can lock in the existing lower Premium Membership rates for one more billing cycle by pre-paying or joining before the rates go up next week!

Here’s a summary of what is changing on June 24:

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** Plus VAT in some European Union countries (if applicable) Please note that monthly and quarterly Premium Memberships for Residents who live in some European Union countries may also be charged value-added tax (VAT) in accordance with sales tax regulations. Please visit our VAT Policy page for more details and our Corporate Pricing page for a list of impacted countries.

For current Premium Members:

Premium Members have a limited-time opportunity to keep their current rates for one more billing cycle, as well as to change their plan between billing cycles and then pre-paying.  To activate your savings, simply pre-pay before the end of the day on June 24th to extend your current Membership at the same low rate. For example, Monthly members can pre-pay another month at the old rate, or switch to Quarterly and prepay another quarter at the old rate, or switch to Annual and pre-pay a year. When you pre-pay, your billing date will be moved out by the term for which you paid: if you pre-paid, for example, for an Annual membership, your new billing date would become current billing date + 1 year.  

To make changes to your account, including pre-pay or review of your current Plan, visit your Account page on Secondlife.com.

For new Premium Members:

Not yet Premium? You can also take advantage of this savings opportunity!

Premium Members get all sorts of perks including a weekly L$300 stipend, Premium virtual gifts, expanded live-chat customer support, increased Group Membership limits, exclusive access to Premium areas, priority access to nearly full regions and experiences, and more. To get your savings, just upgrade to Premium by the end of the day on June 23 to get the lower rate for your first billing cycle.

Linden Lab

SL16B is now officially open! Second Life is turning “Sweet Sixteen” -- 16 years of an incredible community and creative history that makes “SL” so unique. Of course, there is always cause for celebration on the Grid - but this is an opportunity to call out all the stops. This year’s celebrations will last longer than ever before! From today through July 8, we have packed SL16B with parties and events to mark this momentous occasion.

Here’s a “first look” preview of this year’s event:

 

With so much going on this year, we’ve assembled some highlights that you won’t want to miss:

SL16B Destination Guide & Over 170 Community Exhibits!

Community builds, events and celebrations are one of the biggest and brightest parts of the birthday celebrations. With over 170 community-created exhibits this year, there is a lot to see - so plan more than one trip to catch it all! To get started, check out the Community Exhibits category in our dedicated SL16B Destination Guide.

In addition to the community builds, there are several birthday events happening all over Second Life. Our Destination Guide also features an SL16B Featured Events category chock-full of places that are celebrating with us - make a point to join your fellow Residents in the festivities.  

Shop & Hop - 100 Merchants. 100 Gifts. 5 Regions

We’ve brought back one of the biggest shopping events in Second Life and gathered one hundred of the biggest Merchants across five Regions, to offer some of their best products at incredible prices. Each Merchant has also provided a free gift in honor of the birthday of Second Life. Drop by each Region to shop and grab your gifts. A full list of participating Merchants is available on the blog.

Music Faire!

Second Life is full of talented musicians and you’ll find the live music community pulsing throughout the Grid each week - in clubs, venues, and cafes. We’ve got some of that talent together to take the stage at SL16B’s Music Faire - a full two day line up of feel good vibes. The full line up in SLT is available on our blog.

Slap on some virtual sunscreen and head out for the music.

Meet the Lindens  

It’s also a tradition at SL16B to spend some time with some of the folks behind Second Life. On June 24th through 27th, our Meet the Lindens event connects Lindens to the community so that you can ask questions and get to know us a little better. Participants this year include Patch Linden (June 24), Oz & April Linden (June 25), Ebbe Linden (June 26), and Xiola & Strawberry Linden (June 27). All events at 2 p.m. (Pacific).

Free SL16B Gifts & Avatars

What good is a birthday party without free gifts? Several cool retro gifts are scattered across the SL16B regions. Can you find them all in the SL16B Swaginator Gift Hunt?

There’s also free themed avatars exclusive to SL16B!

 

Full Event Calendar

You’ll also want to catch the many DJ performances and other special events. To keep on top of what is happening each day, visit the full SL16B event calendar or our SL16B Landing Page.

We are so excited about celebrating with you - and look forward to more great Second Life Birthdays!

 

Linden Lab

Hey there Daddy-os and Dollys! We have got some gifts for you in celebration of SL16B that you are not going to want to miss out on.

Premium Second Life members can open their very own good eats retreat with the latest exclusive Premium gift. Are you ready to serve up some social fun at your very own 1950s retro diner?

This vintage delight is the epitome of the 1950s social scene, and all across the world are still many diners that stay true blue to this iconic theme.

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** Gift includes diner building only. Cars, external sign, and some pictured internal furnishings not included. Check out the SL16B Swaginator Hunt to seek-and-find some free Diner furnishings.

Your diner comes with customizable base decor, access permissions, and more. You will have the freedom to decorate inside as you wish - but if you’re looking for some free diner furnishings - be sure to check out the SL16B Swaginator hunt where you just might find what you need to get your milk shaking and your burger and fries grilling.

If you’re a Premium Resident already, don’t hesitate, and log on now to grab your gift!

Not yet a Premium member? Upgrade to Premium* and grab your diner today!

Remember too - you can still lock in an additional cycle of Premium for the current rates before the end of day on June 24th - more on that available here.

Xiola Linden

It's no secret that SL16B has kicked off and it's been an awesome two days so far. There is so much to do! If you're looking for some direction on what to check out where and when - visit the blog post we made yesterday at launch. 

We have been having a blast making our way through the exhibits, Music Faire, shopping, and so much more. Strawberry Linden and Xiola Linden decided to pose a Second Life Challenge to you - pick up your free party hat at the welcome area and take videos and/or pictures of you and your friends wearing your hats. Share them with us on social using #sl16b and #SecondLifeChallenge - it's that easy!

To participate:

  • Grab your FREE party favor bag at the welcome area of SL16B
  • Unpack your SL16B Hat, Flag & Lanyard v1.0 package
  • Put your hat on and go enjoy the festivities!
  • Take pics and/or videos of you and/or your friends in the hats
  • Share your pics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtags #SL16B and #SecondLifeChallenge
  • Submit your pic to our Official Flickr pools for Second Life Official and Second Life Challenge - Official using the hashtags #SL16B and #SecondLifeChallenge

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Strawberry Linden, Xiola Linden, and Sticks the Fish, taking in the sights and sounds of #SL16B.

Linden Lab

Second Life’s 16th Birthday celebrations continue this week with more fun and events, including an opportunity to meet the people behind Second Life. Here’s your chance to learn more about future plans for Second Life and other behind-the-scenes information via a series of special Town Hall Q&A events at SL16B. 

It all begins today at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to meet Senior Director of Product Operations Patch Linden. 

ABOUT PATCH LINDEN
Senior Director, Product Operations

A Resident since 2004, Patch was born into Second Life in September of 2007.  In his current duties, Patch works to bring the best of product and support based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business.

 

On Tuesday, don’t miss a Q&A with Senior Director of SL Engineering Oz Linden and System Engineering Manager April Linden.

ABOUT OZ LINDEN
Senior Director, Second Life Engineering

Prior to joining Second Life, Oz spent many years developing all sorts of networking code -- eventually including contributions to the development of HTTP and from there to open source SIP (voice over IP). Internet Telephony turned into something of a corporate nightmare, so he looked around for something more fun. A friend who was working at the Lab recruited Oz to help with the open source program. Since he had already played a little with Second Life, he thought that it certainly met the "fun" criteria but he had no idea just how much fun. Nine years later, Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and having the time of his life. He is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people.

ABOUT APRIL LINDEN
Systems Engineering Manager, Operations

Before joining the dark side and going into management, April was an operations engineer herself for over 20 years. It’s the operations team that handles the care and feeding of the computers that power Second Life.

April has been a Resident of Second Life since 2006, and a Linden since 2013. She adores Second Life and the power that it has to change lives by providing people a safe place to explore themselves, and giving them the courage to change their lives in positive ways.

On Wednesday, you won’t want to miss your chance to hear directly from Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden about progress on improvements to Second Life and other developments in the works.

ABOUT EBBE LINDEN
CEO, Linden Lab

Ebbe Altberg came to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office. 

 

It’s all about the community on Thursday as Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden and Marketing Content Specialist Strawberry Linden take the stage.

ABOUT XIOLA LINDEN
Lead Community Manager

Xiola Linden currently handles all things social media and community related for Second Life. A Resident since 2006, and a Linden since 2011, Xiola has seen how both the communities and the product have grown over the years. She truly believes in the unique talent and creativity of the Second Life community. Prior to coming to work at Linden Lab, she worked at a social gaming company heading up community and customer support teams. Working on Second Life has been a dream job come true. 

ABOUT STRAWBERRY LINDEN
Marketing Specialist

Bringing her experience as a Second Life Resident and blogger for over a decade, Strawberry Linden joined Linden Lab as a Marketing Content Specialist in April of 2019. Her role solely focuses on Second Life, and she strives to create tutorials and imagery that will resonate with not only new Residents, but also the current community. 

 

A playlist is available of these talks shortly after they happen, on our YouTube channel. 

 

On Friday, you can meet the Moles who build, script and create content for the Linden Department of Public Works.

These events are among the many happenings this week on the SL16B regions. Check out the Destination Guide and our full events calendar on our SL16B landing page to see what else is happening!

 

Linden Lab

Per this forum update post from Patch Linden - some news on the release process for Linden Homes.

 

"I have an update to our release process I want to share with everyone.  As I alluded to here, we are going to try and change our release strategy for a little while to see if a particular process works better for everyone involved, including many of you who have been very patiently waiting for one of the new Linden Homes.   

Many of you have already been witness to the new process unfolding in front of you whether you knew it or not.   Those regions that have been called out in various places such as New Hamsterdam down to SSPE136 (soon to be officially named).  We did this for multiple reasons, mostly in an effort to show all of you some of the process we go through in real-time to make these beautiful new regions come to life, and give a glimpse into the timeline involved.  

Starting today, we’re going to try to release a region’s worth of new Linden Homes on a regular cadence.  We’re aiming to try for a region per every other day, but as we can not control all the factors involved in the lengthy process, we may have some gaps which could last anywhere between a day to several days and especially on the weekends.  This will also mean that I will not update this post with each region release, but keep it for larger release updates, announcements, news, information, etc.

This will be followed by the future initial release of the new Campers & Trailers theme that has also now been revealed here at SL16B.  This release will be large-scale like other releases we have done in the past, and then also potentially follow the release process I’ve outlined above.

Next up, is an area that is going to be our first community events space called the Bellisseria Fairgrounds!  Our vision for this space is to grant communal access to an area that is clear and ready for set-up of an event.  We are going to supply the outlying basic infrastructure which includes water taxi access to the main continent, an airstrip and landing pad.  We will have a scheduling calendar and process in place where the space can be reserved in advance.  The first events already in line for use of this space will be around the 4th of July holiday coming up.  More information to come about how the reservation process will work in the near future."

 

Linden Lab

This week’s Destinations video turns the spotlight on the many motorcycle clubs and biker communities in Second Life. Whether you are a casual or dedicated enthusiast, these communities and clubs serve as important social spaces where Residents can simply hang out, listen to music and/or take a ride on one of the many gravity-defying roads of Second Life.

Many of these clubs, such as the Legions of Vets, also have military veterans as members and hold events to raise money for nonprofits such as The Wounded Warriors and Homes For Our Troops. Also featured in the clip are Cobra MC World, Vipers MC and 4 Horsemen.

To get you started, we’ve created a new Motorcycles & Biker Clubs Destination Guide category dedicated to motorcycle and biker culture in Second Life. Are we missing any of your favorites? If so, submit your suggestions to the Destination Guide using our submission form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.

 

Linden Lab

7/2 Update: In response to this announcement, we're answering questions from the community about Tilia in our forum.

7/10 Update: As mentioned in a follow-up blog post, we'll be discussing this announcement in more detail at our official Tilia Town Hall held in Second Life on Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). For those who can't join us inworld, a video and transcript will be provided soon after the live event. 

We’re making some important changes to Second Life that will help us comply with U.S. laws and regulations. To do this, Linden Lab formed a new subsidiary, Tilia, to offer certain financial services to the Second Life community. While Tilia might not be a name that is familiar to many in the Second Life community, it was created to efficiently handle the ever-growing and complex needs of our operations.

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Beginning on August 1, 2019, Tilia will take over certain aspects of the Second Life service. Tilia enables Linden Lab to continue the Second Life service in its current form through enhanced regulatory compliance protocols.  To achieve this, Tilia will assume responsibility for managing your USD denominated account, which will be referred to as your "Tilia Account."  After August 1, Tilia will handle process credit requests and payments made from your Tilia Account. 

What’s changing? 

Effective August 1, in order to continue using Second Life you will have to agree to Tilia’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.  A Tilia Account associated with your Second Life Account will automatically be created for you and you will not need a separate username or password to access your Tilia Account.  

In order to stay in compliance with regulatory requirements, if you wish to process a credit, we will need certain personal information to verify your identity, including your name, address, date of birth, and social security number (or government-issued identification if you are not a U.S. Citizen).  You may be required to provide additional information to complete the transaction. Tilia will securely store this information so that you should only need to provide it once.

Additionally, please note that customers under 18 years of age will not be able to process credit after August 1, 2019 until they reach the age of 18. 

As always, Second Life remains free to access and enjoy!  However, if your Tilia Account is inactive for a period of 12 months we will charge your Tilia Account a fee to the extent permitted by applicable law.  If you have questions about the inactivity fee, please see Tilia’s Terms of Service.

Why am I required to provide personal information to Tilia and what will you do with it?

As registered money services businesses, Linden Lab and Tilia are required to comply with applicable U.S. laws and regulations. As part of our ongoing risk management process, we must obtain, verify, and record information about our customers for whom we offer financial-related services. We take your privacy and security seriously, so your personal information will continue to remain protected and will only be used for purposes that are outlined in Linden Lab’s and Tilia’s Privacy Policies. Please refer to the FAQ for more details regarding this information request.

Where can I find out more information about these changes?

We understand that there may be some questions and concerns about these new procedures, but these changes are required in order for Linden Lab to continue offering Second Life services without disruption to its economy. We relish and respect the countless contributions of Second Life Residents to the virtual world, so these changes will enable us to maintain a robust virtual economy for many years to come. For more information and context on these changes and how it may impact you, please see our FAQ.

 

Xiola Linden

Have you ever thought about writing your own Medieval novel? What if you could live through your very own battle of the throne without any of the very bloody and finite endings you’ve seen on television? Hold court, joust, ride forth into battle on the back of your trusted steed, or simply embrace the photogenic romance of living in an era long passed - it’s all possible in SL.

That’s where communities like MYSTVALE and other role-playing communities within Second Life come in. Tailored to immerse you in an experience that blends history and fantasy together, and allows you to begin making your own history through creative story-telling. Talk about choosing your own adventure!

Put on your favorite medieval outfit, grab your preferred party of adventurers, and cross the virtual veil into MYSTVALE. 

Are we missing any of your favorite role-playing Region in our Destination Guide? If so, submit your suggestions to the Destination Guide using our submission form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.

Xiola Linden

We're positively stoked about the launch of a new Season of Stranger Things. In fact, by the time you read this, we may have already prepped for a binge-watching party, but as we head into the July 4th holiday here in the USA, we couldn't help but take this Stranger Things inspired pic and challenge all of you to the #StrangerMemes #SecondLifeChallenge!

To participate:

  • Take pics and/or videos of you and/or your friends in 80s-themed looks and experiences inspired by Stranger Things.
  • Share your pics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtags #StrangerMemes, #80sChallenge and #SecondLifeChallenge
  • Submit your pic to our Official Flickr pools for Second Life Official and Second Life Challenge - Official using the hashtags #StrangerMemes, #80sChallenge and #SecondLifeChallenge

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Strawberry Linden, Xiola Linden, Poppy the Balloon Pup and Lamb-orghini saw something strange after aerobics class. 

Linden Lab

7/10 Update - For those who can't join us for the inworld event, we will be providing a video and transcript soon after the live event.

Want to learn more about Tilia, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab? 

Second Life executives Grumpity Linden (Senior Director of Product) and Patch Linden (Senior Director of Product Operations) will be answering questions about Tilia from the community at a special “Tilia Town Hall” event held inworld this Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). 

As announced on July 1, Tilia will soon be handling certain aspects of the Second Life service that will help us comply with U.S. laws and regulations via enhanced regulatory compliance protocols. We’ve been taking questions about Tilia in our official forum all week, so please join us as we continue to listen and respond.

Xiola Linden

Crazy about cats? This week’s Destinations video spotlights the many feline friends found across Second Life. 

Featured in the clip are the loveable KittyCatS, which have been popular in Second Life for over eight years! Other popular cat communities and creations in Second Life include Zooby’s, A.I. Friends, AEON e-Cats, and WK Wild Kajaera. There’s even a dedicated Cats Museum that you won’t want to miss!

To discover these and other virtual pets in Second Life, check out the Pets & Animals category in the Destination Guide.

Xiola Linden

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch! Four days later, mankind touched down on the moon's surface and  "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." was born! We wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion with a #SecondLifeChallenge

How To participate:

  • Take pics and/or videos of you and/or your friends in exploring outer space in Second Life
  • Share your pics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtags #Apollo50th, #Apollo50, #Apollo11,  and #SecondLifeChallenge
  • Submit your pic to our Official Flickr pools for Second Life Official and Second Life Challenge - Official using the hashtags #Apollo50th and #SecondLifeChallenge

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"You get the pic, and I'll cover, in case we're not the only ones here!"

The above edit was taken at the National Space Society's lunar base:

You can also drop by the Spaceflight Museum for some information about spaceflight in general.

 

Linden Lab

Second Life is home to several impressive 3D replicas of places and landmarks in the physical world, so it is no surprise that many in the community have been praising the presence and detail found in Rieri. This contemporary Japanese location is inspired by Tokyo’s Arakawa Lock Gate region and was modeled from Google Maps and real photos of Tokyo neighborhoods.

Learn more about Rieri in this week’s Destinations video, which is narrated by Resident pokute Burt (who cites Rieri as one of his favorite spots in Second Life). (Note: If you don’t see the English language captions automatically, be sure to turn them on for the full translation).

To get even more insight to the making and magic of Rieri, we recommend that you also check out the official video tour from Rieri project architect/director Eripom Moonwall and her team.

Better yet, see Rieri for yourself in Second Life - no plane tickets required!

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