StraightUpSocial News Links for 7/09/2008

Be who you want on the web pages you visit

Niniane Wang, Google Engineering Manager, introduces us to Lively, which is Google’s new virtual reality world similar to Second Life.

Virtual Worlds Are So Hot Right Now: $345 Million Invested So Far This Year

Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch tallies up the investment dollars that have been poured into virtual online communities this year.

Getty Images teams up with Flickr

Andy Saunders announces a partnership between Flickr and Getty Images on the Yodel Anecdotal blog.