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Ondrejka forced out of Second Life’s parent company?

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From Wired

On Tuesday, Cory Ondrejka, CTO of Second Life developer Linden Lab, gave the company notice that he would be leaving the firm at the end of the year.

According to CEO Philip Rosedale, Ondrejka, who was the company’s fourth employee, has decided to leave to “pursue new professional challenges.”

“Cory and I are in agreement that our paths, at this point in time at least, lie in different directions,” said Rosedale.

Aside from the code that he created for Second Life, Ondrejka’s greatest contributions to the company were his efforts to give players complete legal control over their virtual goods, an idea considered radical at the time.

Ondrejka’s departure could signal a blow to a company whose title has consistently come under fire for technical glitches. His team was responsible for adding streaming video and web-integration to Second Life — technologies which have been hailed as huge advancements, but also decried as methods through which hackers can deface the virtual property of others.

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