Sex Tech: Porn's Tech Future, Spreading Santorum SEO, Capcom's Sexism Problem

Summary:Porn's iPad future, Capcom's live game Cross Assault displays ugly sexism and Spreading Santorum's SEO endures despite Google's changes.

Game culture surfaces entrenched sex-based attacks, a change in Google Search rearranges Rick Santorum's "Google problem" and adult industry leaders see tablets as the future of content delivery.

Survey reveals future tech business visions for porn industry

Adult industry trade magazine XBIZ released the results of their survey about hot-button issues the business faces, including how the industry sees itself moving into new technologies.

Among those polled were adult site operators, distributors, software providers, ad networks, adult performers and top industry decision makers such as Larry Flynt (Hustler), Steven Hirsch (Vivid), Allison Vivas (Pink Visual) and Peter Acworth (Kink.com).

The survey revealed that the majority of the porn industry isn't banking on 3D, has no business plans involving .XXX and sees the future of online porn moving away from the desktop and into the tablet arena.

Capcom's live Cross Assault becomes vehicle for sexual harassment and humiliation

Cross Assault is the first fighting game reality show, and on day five of its debut, things became ugly and uncomfortable when the topic of sexual harassment came up - and the gender-based abuse was defended as a fundamental part of gaming culture by one of the team captains.

Over the span of several days, contestants took part in and endured sexually-targeted harassment, while the argument developed further and extended to include racism as central to game banter and the culture of player insults.

One female player seems to have been particularly targeted and withdrew from the game.

Capcom has issued a statement that falls short of taking a side, and Penny Arcade has the full story - along with video of the live harassment that is difficult to watch.

Rick Santorum's "Google problem" endures

On one hand it might please Rick Santorum that the website Spreading Santorum - defining his last name as an indelicate byproduct of unprotected anal sex - has dropped from the top of Google results.

However, as Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land points out, Urban Dictionary brings its own SEO mojo to the fore and has replaced Spreading Santorum to keep the unseemly association front and center.

The secondary attribution to Santorum's name was applied by crowdsourced rage against Mr. Santorum's extreme anti-gay viewpoints, at one point suggesting that same-sex relations were one and the same as bestiality and pedophilia.

In an excellent analysis Sullivan suggests that the new results may have come from a change in Google's search (among 40 announced changes) that is supposed to better detect "official" pages.

Expect a big sex toy on the SXSW stroll

Every year sex toy companies and porn performers attend, present and try to grab attention at the annual Austin, Texas media and tech convention South By SouthWest Interactive.

This year, male masturbation sex toy company Fleshlight (Interactive Life Forms, LLC) will be putting a mascot in a giant sex toy costume along with porn performers Lisa Ann and Tori Black.

While not necessarily news, I thought a little fair warning about seeing a huge Fleshlight wandering around downtown Austin along with all the other bizarre mascots on display wouldn't hurt...

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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