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Google Earth to Rival Second Life

There have been rumours for a long time that Google were hoping to develop Google Earth into a 3D virtual world to rival Second Life. Today Google Operating System, a blog that keeps an eye on Google developments, reports on the first real evidence that this story could be true.

Students at Arizona University have been asked to volunteer to test a product "that will be publicly launched later this year". One of the questions on the application form asks if applicants have a Gmail account and if they are willing to get one.

Google Operating System points to close ties between Arizona University and Google. The product's name is "My World" and the logo shows a globe.

It sounds plausible that this could be a virtual world in Google Earth. Let's just hope it is not as dull as Second Life.