Google Introduces a Cartoonlike Method for Talking in Chat Rooms

Google’s version of Second Life, as explained for the benefit of an audience that isn’t expected to know anything about virtual worlds (NYT). Google unveiled the new product in a post on its official blog — its characteristically understated way of introducing new features to the world. It can be reached at www.lively.com but is officially part of Google Labs, an area of the company’s site where it showcases projects…