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Linden Lab doesn’t have a very easy time of things. They can barely move without it winding up in the news, whether its something they would prefer pass unremarked, something not yet ready for release, something speculative, or who knows what.

That’s because, as users, we’ve got one of the largest flesh-based search-engines around working for us.

Most everything the Lab does has some sort of public side-effect; court filings, trademark registrations, sims appearing or disappearing in-world, staff blog posts, staff twitters, conversations in public places, the list goes on.

And every visible thing that happens, there’s more than a half million Second Life users watching, ready to investigate, analyze, speculate and pass on the information (though reliability can vary somewhat). That’s the search-engine of flesh (not even counting numerous smart-agents that users have devised to search for data and happenings).

Even if the Lab didn’t publish data in all sorts of publically accessible places, virtually every one of their moves is telegraphed as public side-effects, if only you can figure out what it means.

The Lab’s activities and publications form a constant stream, and when they start to do something that they’d rather nobody knows about, the nature of that stream of data changes, like water flowing around a large rock that’s suddenly been placed in a creek.

Sometimes it’s very clear as to what’s changed, like with some staff departures, where it’s obvious that a particular person is gearing up to depart. Other times it is more obscure, but you can still see the basic shape of it.

What is clear is that Linden Lab can’t keep a secret for very long, if it involves what is going on in the grid. Everyone is watching, and everyone is talking, and that’s never going to stop.

Got a news tip or a press-release? Send it to news@taterunino.net.
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