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We Did It! The United States Reportedly Hosts the World’s Most Porn

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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. Read More

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Get to the Good Part: Hacker Invents a Way to Search Netflix For Nudity, Calls It BateFlix

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Remember that scene in Knocked Up when Katherine Heigl helps Seth Rogen out with the Mr. Skin ripoff and starts yelling, “Boobs and bush! Boobs and bush!”? This is better. According to VentureBeat, some anonymous hacker decided to teach himself PHP and HTML by building a site called Bateflix that lets you search Netflix’s streaming and DVD catalog for nudity.

Using the Netflix API, BateFlix lets you sort by genre, year, rating, instant vs. DVD, as well as category, such as Forced to Strip, Voyeur Peeping, and something called Nude Modeling Posing. The results are then displayed by level of nudity, from X to XXX. Read More

It's All About the Bitcoins

Titcoins! What Porn Can Do for Bitcoin

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Bitcoiners are always griping that the e-currency needs more users, not more publicity. The intersection of Bitcoin and porn, however, is likely to bring both. But the question is a logical one: if Silk Road brought Bitcoin into use by letting people buy drugs and other useful things semi-anonymously, perhaps taboo-but-legal sites could do the same. “Bitcoin won’t be popular until porn sites start accepting it as a discrete alternative to credit cards, which are a huge barrier to entry I think for many of their potential customers,” writes one user over on Reddit. Another pointed out that porn sites have been early adopters of technology before: “Porn used SD video cameras like the Sony VX1000 that proved small chip video was good enough for the small screen. The VCR, the DVD all owe their success, at least partially, to porn.” Read More

ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!

Pornographers, Get Out Your Credit Cards. The .XXX Domain Names Have Arrived.

Like this, only raunchier.

We told you this was coming. The “internet land rush” set off by ICANN’s decision to sell pretty much any top-level domain your marketing department can think of, is imminent. And, because this is the internet we’re talking about, the frenzy is starting with .xxx, a domain name ICANN approved last year in a 9-to-3 vote.

A Palm Beach company called ICM Registry, which first applied to register the .xxx domain name in 2000 and in engaged in years of legal battles costing $20 million, will be in charge. Although several .xxx sites have gone live, The Independent reports that this morning marks the start of the 50-day “sunrise” period to bid for real estate in the “internet’s red-light district.” Read More