XXX in Tech
At least we’re in first place for something: The United States hosts more online pornography than any other country in the world. If new research is to be believed, America’s home to about 60 percent of the grand total — about 428 million pages. Those red-light district going denizens of the Netherlands ranked second for hosting 187 million pages, a figure that’s ten times bigger than its population.
The only detrimental effect of your teen’s nefarious porn habit is the crapload of malware stewing on the family computer, and not, say, harmful mental defects. Some hippy-dippy Dutch researchers claim that young people indulging in skin flicks is not negatively influencing their sexual behavior.
Nearly 4,600 Netherlanders aged 15 to 25 were quizzed online about their porno viewing habits Read More
Look, if you’re gonna watch porn in class, at least be discreet about it. That may seem like obvious advice, but some people apparently need a little reminder.
Great Achievements in Facebook
A Dutch girl posted an invitation to her 16th birthday party on Facebook. She apparently forgot to set it to private–friends and family only.
Somehow her invitation went viral in a distastrous way. Thirty-thousand people showed up, rioted and shut down Haren, a small town over 100 miles from Amsterdam. CBS reports that authorities in Haren knew something was coming, and the city thought it was prepared:
The Third Dimension
If adulation for Brooklyn’s own Bre Pettis from sources like Time magazine and Stephen Colbert is any indication, 3D printing has found its way into the cultural ether. Who doesn’t like the idea of a machine that spits out a product based on your digital specifications? It’s even saving the poor homeless hermit crabs, didja hear?
Well, the personalized manufacturing revolution is not lost on VCs.
Shapeways, the company Betabeat called a contender for the next Etsy, just raised an impressive $5.1 million from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures—the same VC firms that invested $5 million in Shapeways’s series A round last September. Unlike Maker Bot, which creates open source 3D printers, Shapeways focuses on printing out your designs and setting up (an Etsy-like) marketplace for designers to sell their goods.
In addition to the $5.1 million, the startup, which is headquartered near Madison Park, also got a loan commitment of $1.2 million from NYC Investment Fund.
But the really big news, at least for New York City, is that the company plans on opening up local printing facilities, reports TechCrunch.