Tech Dirty to Me

The U.S. Loves Lesbian Porn, And Other Highlights from Pornhub’s Year in Review Stats

(Pornhub Insights)

2014 was an exciting year for Pornhub, what with the celebratory tree-planting, the launch of a record label (sure why not?) and the dispute over that controversial “All You Need Is Hand” billboard in Times Square.

To cap it all off, the site recently announced it received 78.9 billion views in 2014—a considerably higher amount than the 63.2 billion it got in 2013. The stats were part of the 2014 Year in Review report published this week on Pornhub Insights.

Because you no doubt have lots of porn to watch work to do this afternoon, I’ve conveniently picked out the highlights of Pornhub’s er, interesting report on people’s porn habits last year. Read More

Happy New Year

Breaking Betabeat News of 2014: What You May Have Missed in the Tech Blogosphere

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That’s it, folks. Dig out the noisemakers, throw on some sequins and pop the champagne because 2014 is coming to an end.

But before the ball drops, there are a few things one must do to properly prepare for the new year—create a list of resolutions (i.e. “go to the gym”), watch the latest United States of Pop video and catch up on the tech news of the passing year, to name a few. With the latter in mind, we’ve created a guide to Betabeat’s biggest breaking news of 2014.

Yes, Facebook manipulated your emotions, curved TVs drove us wild and a “potato salad guy” achieved Internet celebrity status. We’re sure Twitter told you all this, so rather than summing up what made the tech blogosphere rounds this year, we’re offering a collection of the biggest and most interesting stories brought to you by yours truly, Betabeat. Read More

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Sexist Regulations Ban Some Female Orgasms from UK Porn

The new regulations come as a blow to makers of fetish porn. (Getty)

This is bad news for anyone with a gripe about government censorship, and also for Brits who like BDSM.

As per the 2014 Audiovisual Media Services Regulations, the UK government has banned a whole heap of sex acts, including spanking and fisting, from appearing in video-on-demand (VoD) online porn—in other words, any porn you pay for. Now, VoD porn has to comply with the same regulations that govern porn sold on DVDs in sex shops. Read More

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Here Are the Pressing Questions Guys Anonymously Asked the Women of Lulu

Congratulations, you are normal.

Lulu, the app notorious for letting women rate the men they’ve hooked up with, is letting male users speak up — well, sort of.

Starting today, Lulu is publicly launching Truth Bombs, a new feature that lets men anonymously ask questions to the app’s female user base. The feature lets guys get feedback on how to be less shitty at relationships, and lets the girls get insight into all the profound philosophical quandaries questions about dicks and stuff that are circling men’s minds. Read More

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Here’s Why James Deen Is the Bob Dylan of Porn

James Deen isn't a feminist. He just wants to have sex on camera. (Getty)

James Deen does not identify as a feminist. He’s said it before, and he said it again when the two of us had lunch recently on the Lower East Side.

We’d been talking about Mr. Deen’s fan base — specifically, his legion of devoted female followers. I’d asked if he took credit for introducing so many women to porn, and for letting them know that it’s okay to enjoy watching people have sex on camera.

“No,” he said instinctively. “I, uh, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t take credit for it. If you gave me credit for it, I would take it, but I don’t, like, I don’t run around and be like, ‘Guess what I did, guys?!’ But, uh, I mean, that would be pretty cool.”

“Would you say you’re a feminist?” I asked point-blank.

“No.” Read More

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BoodiGo Partners With PornGuardian To Stop Piracy

BoodiGo has taken steps to prevent the spread of pirated porn. (BoodiGo)

BoodiGo, the search engine for porn, has taken a major step in ensuring its search results won’t contain pirated material.

When the site first launched, Colin Rowntree — one of its founders — stressed how important it was that the site not support stolen content. As a porn producer and director, Mr. Rowntree told us how he’d experienced the damaging effects of piracy firsthand.

“It’s horrible for the performers, for the studios, for everybody,” Mr. Rowntree said at the time.

And while he was sure BoodiGo was doing “a very good job at identifying the illegal tube sites,” now the company’s taking extra steps to ensure its results are piracy-free. BoodiGo today announced a partnership with PornGuardian, an organization that works with members of the porn industry to prevent the spread of pirated content. Read More

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Sexy Search Engine BoodiGo Takes Steps to Prevent Spread of Child Pornography

You won't find child pornography here. (BoodiGo)

BoodiGo, the sexy search engine developed by ex-Googlers, was created so users could anonymously search the Internet for porn. But if there’s one thing the BoodiGo team doesn’t want you searching for, it’s child pornography.

The company announced a partnership last week with the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP), an organization founded in 1996 that seeks to eliminate child pornography from the Internet. Under the partnership, the ASACP will provide BoodiGo with a variety of data — including common child porn search terms — that’ll help BoodiGo block the results of those harmful searches. Read More

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Sure Why Not: Pornhub Just Launched a Record Label

Coolio debuted a music video on Pornhub earlier this year. (Facebook)

Pornhub may be a prime source for fap material (ugh, sorry), but they’re also capable of so much more. They plant trees! They make clever FIFA World Cup commentary! And now, they also produce records, apparently.

The porn site has officially launched its own record label, Pornhub Records, Billboard reported yesterday. The announcement may seem totally bizarre, but this isn’t Pornhub’s first dabbling in the music industry; artists Coolio, FaltyDL, and Xiu Xiu all used the site to premiere music videos within the past year. Read More

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Ex-Googlers Help Build ‘Boodigo,’ a New Search Engine Just for Porn

A Wikipedia entry isn't always what you want when you Google "blow job." (Photo via Mislav Marohnić)

A couple of years ago, porn producer and director Colin Rowntree started feeling that mainstream search engines, like Google and Bing, where “trying to ghettoize the adult entertainment industry,” as he puts it. Google “blow job,” and you generally have to click through three pages of totally un-sexy content — you know, like a Wikipedia entry on the phrase’s etymology — before you actually arrive at the porn sites you were looking for in the first place. Read More