Seriously. This gets weirder.
Thomson Reuters, you may recall, yesterday announced the closure of their Second Life bureau, which actually closed up shop five months ago. Technically that was actually their second announcement, having already announced it elsewhere some months ago. Now the old island is still there, and nobody's turned the lights off yet, but what's really odd is that Thomson Reuters appears to be in the throes of preparing a new Thomson Reuters island in Linden Lab's virtual environment.
Actually, the island was (until just recently) Thomson Scientific island. It's just recently been renamed to Thomson Reuters, and the Thomson Scientific trappings have been replaced throughout with Thomson Reuters branding and advertising -- though most of the Scientific division's structures and facilities are still there, like the drug laboratory.
So far, the names have been changed but the process of conversion of this (admittedly fairly generic) corporate build from Thomson Scientific to Thomson Reuters appears to be far from complete.
Maybe someone over at Reuters didn't get the memo and is still beavering away. We're not really sure what's going on at this stage, only that the work seems not only recent but actually current.
We've put the question to Adam Pasick (former chief of the Reuters SL-bureau) to see if he is able to shed any light on this newest of Thomson Reuters ventures in Second Life.
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