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  1. 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."
  2. 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. Meet the Lindens - Patch Linden Meet Linden Lab Senior Director of Product Operations Patch Linden at this special event, held June 24 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). 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. Visit in Second Life 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. Meet the Lindens - Oz & April Linden Meet Senior Director of SL Engineering Oz Linden and System Engineering Manager April Linden at this special event, held June 25 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people. April 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. Visit in Second Life 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. Meet the Lindens - Ebbe Linden Meet Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden on June 26 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Ebbe has more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. Learn about his vision for Second Life at this special event. Visit in Second Life 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. Meet the Lindens - Xiola & Strawberry Linden Meet Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden and Marketing Content Specialist Strawberry Linden at this special event, held June 27 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Xiola currently handles all things social media and community related for Second Life, while Strawberry strives to create tutorials and imagery that will resonate with not only new Residents, but also the current community. Visit in Second Life On Friday, you can meet the Moles who build, script and create content for the Linden Department of Public Works. Meet the Moles The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works. Meet Naughty, Abnor, Squeaky and other Moles on Friday, June 28th at 2pm SLT at a special Town Hall Q&A session at the SL16B auditorium. Visit in Second Life 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!
  3. Happy Monday! Today, we would like to direct your attention to our new DMCA web form. Previously, in order to file a DMCA claim, a Resident would need to send their complaint to our legal team via snail mail. As of this week, we are proud to save our Residents some postage and provide a new, easy to use web form to complete these requests! We know no one wants to be in a position to make a copyright or trademark complaint, but we also recognize that these are important tools for our Merchant and content creation partners, and we’re committed to making this process as efficient, painless, and useful as possible. We are confident that providing an online submission form for this delicate process will help us achieve those goals. If you believe you need to take advantage of our online submission form, please navigate your browser to https://dmca.lindenlab.com and fill out the session request form. We will then email you a session link where you can fill out your complaint in full with the usual information. The session will remain active for 4 hours after your session request, so don’t delay! As always, all requests are subject to Linden Lab's IP Infringement Policy. Thank you for your patience while we enter the 21st century.
  4. 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. ** 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. Premium Gift Collection Spot 1 SL16B Swaginator Gift Hunt Several cool retro gifts are scattered across the SL16B regions. Can you find them all? Runs from June 20th to July 8th, 2019! Visit in Second Life
  5. 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. SL16B Music Faire 1 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). Meet the Lindens 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? SL16B Swaginator Gift Hunt There’s also free themed avatars exclusive to SL16B! Free SL16B Gift - Complete Avatars 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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: ** 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.
  8. 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! SL16B Music Faire 1 Experience live music and interact directly with some of Second Life’s top musicians at SL16B Music Faire, held June 21-22. Visit in Second Life
  9. June is Pride month and many in the Second Life community are celebrating with month-long parties and events that celebrate our diversity and the ability to love freely without labels or limits. A highlight of the community events is the annual Second Pride event, held June 14-23. Check out the full event schedule to see what’s happening. You won’t want to miss the many deejay performances, parties and special “All About the Facts: Stonewall Edition” event. Second Pride Festival The 2019 Second Pride Festival will be held June 14th to 23rd. This is the 15th annual celebration of Second Pride in Second Life as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, considered by many to be the event that sparked the gay rights movement. Performances run all day throughout the event, including dance parties with live DJs, performances by live singers, dancers, drag queens and more. The event is set on the Second Pride region, our homage to New York City, complete with our version of Central Park and a boardwalk reminiscent of Coney Island, along with plenty of surprises. Proceeds from the event go to support the Rainbow Railroad. Other events are held throughout the year. Everyone is welcome! Visit in Second Life There are plenty of other Pride-related events in Second Life, too. For example, London City is holding its annual London Pride celebration all month long! London Pride LGBT Pride comes to London City, and ties in with real-life pride in London. Featuring sensational live performers, tribute acts, free memorabilia and a pride parade. Runs through June, with events each and every day! Visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.com for more information. Visit in Second Life Check out the LGBT category in the Destination Guide for even more spots to explore. Happy Pride!
  10. One of the best things about our community is its unwavering support for good causes. Fundraising events and designer fairs that give back to nonprofit initiatives are so ubiquitous that they are now part of our common virtual culture. That’s why we’re excited to call attention to and support both Relay For Life and World Oceans Day - both events take place June 8. FREE T-SHIRTS IN THE MARKETPLACE For a limited time, you can grab your free virtual t-shirt promoting one or both causes in the Second Life Marketplace. Free Relay for Life t-shirt Free World Oceans Day t-shirt RELAY FOR LIFE IN SECOND LIFE In Second Life, the annual Relay for Life event is packed with events on June 8 including the survivor/caregiver walk and Luminaria Ceremony. Login, show your support and help raise funds for an important cause. Your presence and contributions do make a difference - over $3.5 million USD have been raised by these efforts over the past decade! Relay for Life 2019 The premier fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is free and open to the public. Relay Weekend is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites Second Life residents throughout the world to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer. Opening ceremony starts at 10am SLT on June 8th. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl Visit in Second Life WORLD OCEANS DAY IN SANSAR There’s a big event happening June 8 in Sansar, too. This World Oceans Day, you don't have to leave home to make a difference. Help clean a virtual beach in Sansar on Saturday, June 8, from 12 to 5 PM PT, as we celebrate the world's oceans and raise money for EarthEcho International! To join, simply log into Sansar if you have an account (or download it if you haven’t yet), pick one of 4 shark avatars for yourself, and meet us on the beach, where we'll be picking up virtual trash, bouncing around, and playing games. As more trash gets collected, amazing sculptures will begin to form in the experience. For every shark that joins, we'll be donating $5 to EarthEcho, along with an additional $5K if we complete the sculpture before the event ends. As a bonus: The Roddenberry Foundation will be matching up to $5K! It's a one-of-a-kind fundraising event and all you need is a PC to experience it. Don't miss out!
  11. Today's Second Life pic of the day is "F L O W E R P O W E R" by S A L T Y. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  12. Hello all, UPDATE: The limited-time opportunity for existing Premium members to lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle, including extending an existing monthly to use the current full year rate by upgrading now to annual is now available on the premium page. Simply renew before June 24th to extend your current Membership at the same low rate. For example, monthly members will be billed at the lower rate for one more monthly billing cycle, while annual members may renew (or monthly users may upgrade to annual) early to add one more year to your existing Membership at the current lower rate. If you have any trouble accessing the website, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th. We mentioned that we would update when it was live - and now it is!
  13. Second Life is home to many accomplished artists - creative individuals and groups who use the virtual landscape to express themselves through two-dimensional or three-dimensional exhibits and immersives experiences, music, story-telling, poetry, and much more. Award-winning artist Bryn Oh has been telling unique and chillingly beautiful stories with her installations in Second Life for years. Her visual and virtual art has garnered her a fan base and reputation within the community. Standby is the final part of the Rabbicorn trilogy, which began with the Daughter of Gears. All three parts to the story can be seen on the Immersiva Region - and parts are shown in this Destination Guide video. Drop by and immerse yourself in the trilogy that tells the story of the Daughter of Gears and the Rabbicorn. Bryn Oh's Standby Standby is the final part of the Rabbicorn trilogy, which began with the Daughter of Gears. All three parts to the story can be seen on the Immersiva region. Visit in Second Life Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.
  14. UPDATE: The limited-time opportunity for existing Premium members to lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle, including extending an existing monthly to use the current full year rate by upgrading now to annual is now available on the premium page. Simply renew before June 24th to extend your current Membership at the same low rate. For example, monthly members will be billed at the lower rate for one more monthly billing cycle, while annual members may renew (or monthly users may upgrade to annual) early to add one more year to your existing Membership at the current lower rate. If you have any trouble accessing the website, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th. On May 29, we made an announcement about future changes to Premium and Basic account features including plans to increase Group Memberships and offline IM limits for Premium account holders while reducing them for Basic accounts. We’ve since heard strong and convincing feedback from many in our community about the impact of changing Group Membership limits for Basic accounts. For example, many Residents have shared how they rely heavily on Groups to stay informed about new product releases as Merchants use this feature to regularly communicate news and updates to their customers, and how much Groups are used for keeping communities active. We hear your concerns and, as a result, Group Membership limits for Basic Residents will NOT be reduced as part of our Premium Membership changes rolling out on June 24. While Basic Members will continue to have an unchanged limit of 42 groups, all Premium Members will still see their limits increased from 60 to 70. Here’s the revised summary of Premium feature changes: Our goal is to increase Group performance for everyone - whether you are Basic or Premium. As a result, we will be prioritizing some development resources to address Group performance. We know change can sometimes be frustrating, so we appreciate your patience. Your feedback is helping to inform some of these revisions, so we’ll continue to listen closely. Please see the original blog post for all pricing changes planned for June 24. Land prices will decrease as announced on June 3, and existing Premium Members can lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle.* Simply pre-pay between June 3 and the end of the day on June 24 to extend your current Membership by one more cycle at the current low rate. Thank you again for all of the feedback. We do not make these kinds of decisions lightly but are always open to the feedback, criticism, and ideas from our incredible community, and willing to listen and learn. * We will update our blog when the availability to lock in your current rate goes live on Monday. If you have any trouble accessing the website on that day, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th.
  15. There are several long-standing communities in Second Life who - year after year - celebrate the vibrancy, camaraderie and dedication to the common interest of their community. From role-play to theme, these groups find an enjoyable place on the Grid to not just visit, but to call home. One such community is the 1920s Berlin Project - who this week is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Second Life! A decade of fun is a monumental landmark that is worthy of some parties to remember! There will be musical performances, dancing, art exhibitions, and more than likely and more than likely Jo Yardley (the Frou and proprietor of the establishment) sharing some of that infamous Schnapps. A full list of events in celebration of this occasion is available on their website. Plan accordingly! For a taste of what life in 1920s Berlin was like, drop by for the party - but be sure to dress the part! These celebrations only last for this week, but the 1920s Berlin Project has special events and meetups weekly - so if you miss out this week ( and why would you?) you can always swing by when the mood strikes. 1920s Berlin Project 10th Anniversary 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Second Life with a week filled with fun festivities! For a full schedule of events, visit 1920sberlinproject.wordpress.com. Visit in Second Life Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.
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