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Angry human; dead avatar. No robot.

David Pescovitz over at BoingBoing picks up on a story reported over on Yahoo about a Tokyo woman facing conviction for killing off her virtual husband.

Are such things the inevitable middle-class outcomes of the soft-side of the MMO world, where “relationships” spring-up in instants, and can be thrown away just as easily. The woman in this case may be facing a 5 grand fine, but better this than the more deeply worrying gold farming black economy that have developed in MMO culture?

A great post over at Private Sector Development Blog takes a different view –

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Where to buy your Robots

We love robots, obviously, otherwise why the hell the crazy name?

But sometimes you don’t just need to idly love robots from a-far, you need to BUY them. So whilst the global economy falls apart, and whilst we don’t have any books-n-stuff for you to buy, why not lavish your remaining liquidity on the finest robots purchasable via the whirlwhywib?

The Robot Shop is that place, selling a plethora of robotics, from complex science class stuff to R2s to Robbie the Robot posters.

Or alternatively,

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Why start a new genre business?

I spent 6 months telling senior management at HarperCollins that the SciFi and Fantasy genre was in a period of transition. That things were changing we needed to respond to with smart, up-to-date ways of reaching the passionate, intelligent readers who consume this kind of stuff. And that there was a whole batch of next-generation readers out there we could reach if we did things differently. (more…)

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